Category Archives: Back in the Lab

1-Sentence Theses

I have discovered Lol my Thesis. Chemistry is not very well represented by it. The basic principle is tosum up your thesis in one sentence, preferably a funny one. I have been trying. Tweaking Molecular sieves to absorb waste carcinogens … Continue reading

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Brainache

A recent article has emerged on brain connections research: “Men and women’wired differently’”, that claims all our cultural stereotypes are in fact founded in neurology. The moment I read it I got suspicion signals (a bit like creep signals, but … Continue reading

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A Science Note

I have just been researching Bright Club and am loving Dr Mo’s perspective on crystallography: the science of frying the living fuck out of painstakingly obtained microscopic crystals.

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Peer Review Review

So more thoughts on peer review? And after yet another discussion on the subject at the recent SpotOn conference for online scicomm, I have some notes. The problems with peer review are clear (or, as said at the conference, “the … Continue reading

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Sleep

I have reached that stage in sleep deprivation where you just eat all the time. I don’t think it’s because I’m unusually hungry, my body is just desperately hunting to an alternative energy source. It doesn’t understand why I won’t … Continue reading

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Mössblog

“I am very nervous,” began D. Bessas on Monday, before the International Conference for the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect 2013, Opatija, “because I stand before Mössbauer spectrometers” [scary, methinks, in and of itself] “and I will not talk about … Continue reading

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What is Science?

Common sense is naturally the first component of scientific thought: look about yourself, and the world around you manifests itself as a motionless plane; dropped things always fall down and never up, thus these two directions must necessarily be distinct … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Denialism

[T]here is compelling, comprehensive, and consistent objective evidence that humans are changing the climate in ways that threaten our societies and the ecosystems upon which we depend. Many recent assaults on climate science and, more disturbingly, on climate scientists by … Continue reading

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GM Evidence

So I read this story in the BBC Trust Review… [Kirtana Chandrasekaran] claimed that GM crops are a risk to health (no convincing evidence, after twenty years of study), that they will contaminate other potato varieties (almost all varieties of … Continue reading

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