Category: Blog

Whats in a name?

Whats in a name?

Not a lot, right? I mean, I could be Jo, Louise, Carla or Julie, but I don’t think it changes my personality. And an apple? Well it’s an apple. Whatever we call it, it doesn’t change the piece of fruit the name is assigned to. So, why then, is this not the same for everything? …

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I, Science: Gold for Geeks?

I, Science: Gold for Geeks?

If you’re anything like me, the term Bitcoin would have meant very little. When glancing at the word, it could have either meant a part of a coin, or a coin worth one bit (a small packet of data on a computer). So, as there has been rather a lot of talk about them, I …

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Monkeying Gods

Monkeying Gods

So, as you may have noticed, I’ve become rather interested in synthetic biology. It’s new, it’s exciting, and no one is quite sure how it will progress, which puts everyone in unchartered waters. I like unchartered waters. Sailing into the unknown, facing new adventures, challenges and above all, excitement. That’s the thing about synthetic biology. It …

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#futureofnature The Open Door

#futureofnature The Open Door

It seems like a simple and neat idea doesn’t it: bringing two communities together that are working to solve similar problems in different ways, to see if they can solve the problems together. Two minds are better than one, great minds think alike and all that. Turns out, when it came to Synthetic Biology (SB) …

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Backstage at The Life Scientific

Backstage at The Life Scientific

One of the biggest challenges I’ve come across when doing interviews for a radio piece or podcast, is that you have to be able to do many things at once: listen to the speaker, follow your set questions, remember things the interviewee has said so you can ask more questions, don’t go too far off …

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#futureofnature Day 2 summary

#futureofnature Day 2 summary

My thoughts, memories, and uptakes of the days’ events. After hearing definitions of Synthetic Biology and Conservation Biology yesterday, the second day of the conference explored how these two communities could help each other and work together to solve some of the “world problems.” There was a lot of information to take in today, so …

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Can you define nature?

Can you define nature?

One comment I picked up on today (summary here) during the #futureofnature conference was that the most difficult word to define in the English language is nature. What is nature? Have we integrated and/or meddled with nature to such an extent that there is no longer a clear-cut definition? As we tinker with genetics, and begin …

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#futureofnature Day 1 summary

#futureofnature Day 1 summary

My thoughts, memories, and uptakes of the days’ events. Brain Overload during the day = Brain dump now… before I forget what happened! This afternoon has been a complete eye-opener for me. I have already met some great people, talking about some great things. So far, there have been two introductory sessions: the first one gave …

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