Lifestyle, me, personal

New job, new mindset, new blogging habits: a life update

It's been a while, blog. But I'm here to talk about where I've been for the last year, and about where I'm at now, including my new job, my new mindset, and the new blogging habits I'm hoping to make.

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Psychology and Mental Health, Science and Technology

Your Brain on Sugar

It's not just physical health that excess sugar can have an impact on. I discuss the effects sugar can have on the brain: from addiction, to anxiety and depression, to memory loss.

Geek Culture, Lifestyle, Science and Technology

Fitness For Geeks: Running from Zombies

Because geeks need to look after our health as much as the next person, I've decided to make a couple of blog posts with some suggestions, some books, and some advice and quotes from some wonderful geeky people, to try to collect a few simple ways to look after your health, mental and physical, whilst exploring your favourite geeky interests. Starting with how to get fitter whilst running from zombies.

Education, Science, Science and Technology

The Problem With Science Teaching

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

Books, Psychology and Mental Health, Science and Technology

Our Age of Anxiety

"Van Gogh, Isaac Newton: most of the geniuses and great creators were not tranquil. They were nervous, ego-driven men, pushed on by a relentless inner force and best by anxieties." 25% of the US population are believed to experience an anxiety disorder at some point during their lifetime. So is it any surprise that a book titled My Age of Anxiety became a New York Times Bestseller, and was shortlisted by the 2015 Wellcome Book Prize?

Lifestyle

On New Year’s Resolutions and Feeling Like a Failure

"I've always felt like a failure inside if I'm not already a success, if that makes any sense." -Felicia Day, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) I'm a perfectionist, and the way I sometimes see it, a failure until proven otherwise. And it’s a curse. I've drafted out this blog post three or four… Continue reading On New Year’s Resolutions and Feeling Like a Failure

Science, Science and Technology

Teenagers and the Trouble with Sleep

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

Gaming, Geek Culture, Science, Science and Technology

Can Video Games Make You Smarter?

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?

Psychology and Mental Health, Science, Science and Technology

The Science Behind Depression

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

Science, Science and Technology

Are Colouring Pencils the Newest Tool For Doctors?

In a recent paper, a group of scientists have investigated a new technique for clinical testing, which seems to largely revolve around using colouring pencils and paper, very similar to the toolkit we (hopefully, if the digital age hasn't gone too far) all possess for writing, colouring and drawing - but with a few differences… Continue reading Are Colouring Pencils the Newest Tool For Doctors?