I have no shame in saying that I am a big fan of The Wellcome Trust. I have a lot of admiration for their ability to engage the public with science, and it was actually their editorial team who gave me my first ever paid writing job, an article about cell division for Big Picture. So naturally,… Continue reading States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness Review
Not long ago, I attended a lecture about cancer biology. On the very same day, a major story about a potential cancer treatment was published in several national newspapers. But this wasn't mentioned once in my cancer biology lecture, on a course supposedly at "the forefront" of scientific developments. In fact, the only time I… Continue reading The Problem With Science Teaching
Anyone who’s ever so much as met a teenager will know the turbid relationship between teenagers and sleep. At 10pm, they couldn’t be further apart, yet come 7am, they’re inseparable from their bedsheets. Is this because of their penchant for video games and Facebook which draw their eyes until the early hours of the morning? Is… Continue reading Teenagers and the Trouble with Sleep
In this spoiler-free article, I look into the science behind Marvel's Ant Man and whether he (or she!) could ever really exist.
Now, I love the Jurassic Park films as much as the next person. Like most nerds, I think dinosaurs are super cool, and pretty exciting, kind of like dragons, only I'm much more certain that dinosaurs actually existed (I’m still crossing my fingers that dragons are real). But like most sci-fi franchises, the Jurassic Park films, and… Continue reading The Problem With Velociraptors
We often think of the content of our DNA as the inevitable part of ourself, the things we can't change no matter how much we try. Meanwhile, the other factor in who we are, how we look and how we act, our environment, is the opposite, changeable, open to manipulation and within our control. But… Continue reading Epigenetics: When Nature Meets Nurture
How do you feel after looking at this picture? Do you want to cuddle it, squeeze it, look after it? Did you let out an involuntary “aww” or find yourself smiling unexpectedly? As odd as it might sound, why we react this way to “cute” things, and how exactly we can define the word “cute”… Continue reading The Power of Cute
In the midst of this lovely summer weather we've been having lately, I've spent the last few days hiding from the sun. Yes, hiding, not bathing in its golden light, occasionally rolling over to tan another part of my body, soaking up that vitamin D, but retreating into the shade, covering my ghostly white face… Continue reading Sunshine: Our Best Friend and Our Worst Enemy
Recently, I stumbled across an article which suggested that children who play single player video games do better in school than those who don’t play video games, and those who play multiplayer video games. After seeing this (and wondering about what it is that makes single players "better for your brain" than multiplayer games), I… Continue reading Can Video Games Make You Smarter?
Depression is the most common mood disorder in the UK, affecting 8-12% of the population in any year (although statistics on this tend to vary), but still a lot of us know relatively little about it. While temporary negative feelings are a completely healthy part of life, they can become a serious problem when they… Continue reading The Science Behind Depression