Lifestyle, personal

The scientist’s brain and the artist’s heart

I used to think I was a scientist: all logic, and reasoning, good grades and smart choices. Now, I'm starting to think I might be an artist after all.

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films, Science and Technology

‘Hidden Figures’: Film Review

I don't watch a lot of "based on a true story" movies. In fact, most of the movies I watch are firmly rooted in sci-fi, fantasy and comic books. They couldn't be any further from true. And it's even rarer that I'll really love a movie that doesn't fall into these categories. But I'd heard great things about Hidden Figures, and as a woman in science and technology myself, I felt like this was a film I couldn't miss...

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.

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?

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

films, Geek Culture, Science, Science and Technology

The Science of Ant-Man

In this spoiler-free article, I look into the science behind Marvel's Ant Man and whether he (or she!) could ever really exist.

Lifestyle, Psychology and Mental Health, Science and Technology

Why Does Rejection Hurt? “Because it Mattered”

“Why does it hurt?” I demand, head in my hands as I read yet another e-mail informing me that I didn’t get the job. If you’re a fan of John Green, you might answer “because it mattered”, while if you’re a presenter for an ultra-cheesey educational TV show, you might say “because of science!” Both might… Continue reading Why Does Rejection Hurt? “Because it Mattered”

Science, Science and Technology

The Problem With Velociraptors

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

Science, Science and Technology

Epigenetics: When Nature Meets Nurture

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

Psychology and Mental Health, Science and Technology, Uncategorized

Could Caffeine Reduce Stress?

We all know caffeine for its benefits as a pick-me-up, providing us with a burst of energy and alertness, whether it's the force that gets you out of bed in the morning, or the fuel that helps you finish that last-minute essay at 3am. Some of us might know it as something that makes us… Continue reading Could Caffeine Reduce Stress?