Life at the BBC: Day 1

So, today was the day. I started my month at the BBC Radio 4 Science Unit, and will be working on the shows Science in Action (BBC World Service) and Inside Science (BBC Radio 4). I was super excited to get…

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Comparing lots with none

These two Wordles compare the uniformed definitions of synthetic biology that subjects gave me for my MSc research. Those who said they knew "A lot" about synthetic biology: Those who knew nothing at all about synthetic biology: I think this…

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Comparing lots with none
How much have you heard of synthetic biology?: NOTHING AT ALL
What is synthetic biology?

A quick preview of some of the results from my MSc research. This is a word cloud showing the words used to answer the question: What is synthetic biology? These results are in no way final, this is a preliminary…

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#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…

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Nature podcast: Mending a broken heart

Reading scientific papers has always been a challenge, especially in areas that I'm not very clued up on. Now that I've been out of the research bubble for a while, it's become even more difficult. This is why our practical…

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Why is the sky blue?

As scientists, have you ever been asked the question: "what do you do?" And get a blank stare of complete incomprehension back when you answer it? I have, and I haven't even done any seriously complicated science. The thing is,…

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The Solar System Laboratory

Scientists like to test materials, events, things under different conditions: changing the variables to see how the subject responds. This works well for items that can be tested in a laboratory, but what about those that are just too small? Or…

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