Saturday, 11 November 2017

Journalism Portfolio - New Article in The Munich Eye

As you may or may not know, I do lots of other science communication things outside of this blog.

You can read my latest article for The Munich Eye on the recent 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology by following the link below…

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Zest of the Forest

Slowing down the loss of biodiversity and the effects of climate change are incredibly important activities in today’s world. One way of doing both of these things is to restore tropical forests on land that has no other use.
But restoring tropical forests is no quick-fix job as this new, 19-year study by Dr Tim Treuer and colleagues at Princeton University have shown.

Read on to find out what oranges have to do with this study...

Sunday, 30 July 2017

6 Amazing Things Before Breakfast #2

Welcome to the second post in my weekly blog series where you’ll learn 6 amazing things before breakfast. This post is a week late and I am sorry but, I was lucky enough to spend a week in Oxford for a chemistry conference and wasn’t able to post last week. You can check out my twitter @ALifeinBioMed for pictures of my trip!

So, let's learn #6AmazingThingsBeforeBreakfast …

Sunday, 16 July 2017

6 Amazing Things Before Breakfast #1

This is the first post of my new weekly series where you will find 6 amazing new stories from the previous week - and hopefully read about them before breakfast. So grab that coffee and get comfy.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Moth Eyes and Antireflective Phones

Summer is here! So that also means squinting really hard to try and read things on your phone screen outside – an annoyance I know all too well.
However, scientists at the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL), University of Central Florida have developed a new antireflection film that could stop this problem happening. Currently, an iPhone has a surface reflection of 4.4% but this new material has only 0.23% surface reflection meaning that a lot less light will reflect off the surface making it easier to read in bright sunshine.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Seafood Poisoning, Shrimp Economies and Bacteria

Food poisoning caused by eating raw or undercooked seafood is very common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are around 80,000 cases of seafood poisoning in the U.S. every year. What actually causes this is a bacteria called Vibrio parahaemolyticus - which sounds a bit like a Roman Gladiators name in my opinion.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Biofilms - An Update

You may remember some of my early posts about microbial biofilms (The Science Behind Cocowhite (and Product Review) and Bacteria – The Next Frontier). A biofilm is a sticky coating, made by a group of bacteria, which protects them from being killed by your immune system or by antibiotics. They are one of the biggest threats to patients when they are in hospital because they can form quickly on medical devices like artificial hips or knees and are very hard to remove – or so we thought...