Science/music prize for survey draw

I promised an update about the prize pack you can win if you participate in the science and music survey. Now that most of the items are in, I thought I’d show you what’s at stake:   One random participant in the survey will win a music and science-themed prize…


Book review: AsapSCIENCE

AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World’s Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, & Unexplained Phenomena By Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown Scribner (Simon & Schuster) ISBN 9781476756219 The creators of whiteboard-illustrated YouTube channel ASAP Science have a book coming out later this month: Answers to the World’s Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors,…


Book review: Keeping Women in Science

Keeping Women in Science By Kate White Melbourne University Publishing, 2015 ISBN 9780522867015 This book is a quite academic report of a study carried out in an Australian research institute. I’m starting my review with that because I was expecting the book to be broader than that, and I think…



I recently made a video about Maud Menten. I used Lego, of course, but this time also added myself. Menten is a famous name in Biochemistry, but for years I didn’t know that her first name was Maud, or that she was a woman in the first place. I just…


The Music and Science survey

After spending a few years interviewing people involved in music and science, and reading a bit on the topic, it was time to find out a bit more about people’s interests in music and science. I’ve created a survey, which only takes a few minutes to fill out, and you…

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This week it finally snowed a bit, and I went for a walk before work on Tuesday.

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FuturePub is a relatively new event, hosted by Overleaf, that combines a meetup with short talks from people working on the cutting edge of scientific publishing. It has already become such a staple of the London science tech/publishing scene that it was hard to believe that Tuesday’s sold-out event at…


Book review: Random Body Parts

By Leslie Bulion and Mike Lowery Expected publication: March 1st 2015 by Peachtree Publishers ISBN 156145737X Random Body Parts is an upcoming kids book with funny poems about different body parts. Leslie Bulion’s poems combined with Mike Lowery’s artwork make each page a fun introduction to the purpose of your…


Breaking glass and restriction enzymes

In one of my undergraduate chemistry lab courses the teaching assistants ran a “Break List”. Every time you broke a piece of glassware, you got a score, depending on how expensive that piece of glassware was. Test tubes were only a few points, but breaking the rotavap would instantly get…


Book review: The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change

The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change By Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman, PhD Island Press, 2014 ISBN 9781610914383 Based on the cover alone, I thought The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change would be chaotic, but the inside is very well-organized. The main text runs in boxes between the cartoons, and…