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Seven real life fantastic beasts, and where to find them

The film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is out on DVD today, but did you know about these seven real life fantastic beasts?   Axolotl Photo by Orizatriz, via Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA Fantastic beast because: Axolotls are a type of salamander that never leave their larval stage. Most amphibians would start out in water and then undergo metamorphosis…

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Why are so many scientists also musicians?

Over the last ten years I’ve interviewed several people about their adventures in music and science, and I often asked them why they thought that music was a popular activity among scientists. “Wait,” I hear you ask, “is it, though?”. Yes. Although there are not very many formal studies, all the evidence suggests that music is an exceptionally popular hobby…

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who writes science books

Who writes science books?

The last of the SciBookChat videos went up today! Well, I might make more in the future, but this was the end of the six I had prepared. Next year will start with a completely different video, and then there is another science/book-related one in the works, but not a chat. Anyway, for this last video of the season, I…

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Scientists in Fiction

In today’s SciBookChat video I pick up Frankenstein again (first featured in this video) and compare him to a more modern scientist in a more recent book. What has changed? There’s also a plug for LabLit, and intro music by Sam, and of course I drink tea in the opener and mess up something after the end screen, as usual.

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The saddest cake story

Remember when I made a DNA cake that spelled “CAKE”? Shortly after that did the rounds on the internet, people spotted mistakes. The helix was turned in the wrong direction, and I had failed to stay on the same strand in the twist so the colours were wrong in every other segment. Did it make the cake less fun or…

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Busy, but organised

I haven’t done a general update in forever! I’ve been busy (but organised) lately, so this is as good a time as ever for a catch-up blog post. Here’s what I’ve been up to. TGMI website One of the main things I’ve been busy with at work is the Transforming Genetic Medicine Initiative (TGMI). This is a Wellcome Trust-funded project…

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