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Google Doodle Moog

Google has a wonderful tradition of adapting its logo to current events. There is a pattern to the days that get Doodles: they are usually national holidays, human rights or environmental commemorative days, or birthdays of famous scientists, musicians, artists, or engineers. Today the Google Doodle celebrates what would have…

Dancing scientists cure cancer at McGill

Dancing scientists in Canada are curing cancer. Well, they’re trying, at least. Researchers of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre at McGill University in Montreal have made a YouTube video of them dancing in their labs to “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz. Their sponsor, Medicom, is donating money to their research institute…

Are there science-themed covers of all of Lady Gaga’s songs?

I assume you’re familiar with “Bad Project”, the cover of “Bad Romance”? You must be. It’s had millions of views. Millions! And you may also have seen the video for “Poster Face”, which debuted at last year’s Society for Neuroscience meeting: But have you come across “Chromosome” – a parody…

More cats and more macbooks

If you liked the previous post, you may also be interested in this post on Cath’s blog. It’s about the same topic, sort of. I mean, obviously it’s different, because we have totally different lives: she likes hockey and has two cats, I play violin and have just one. But…

Technical paper: home-made mocha optimization

Abstract I made instant mocha at work and am now writing a silly blog post about it. Introduction In this 24-hour economy, the modern workforce has little time to consume fancy beverages, yet working adults are fueled almost exclusively by caffeinated and sweet drinks. This creates an inherent dilemma: work…

BRCA2 cycle path

There’s a cycle path in Cambridge that has the code for the breast cancer gene BRCA2 painted on it, with each nucleotide a colour. If this sounds familiar, you might have read about the BRCA2 cycle path, and the geeky attempts to decode it, on Jenny’s blog last year. (I…

Being a research volunteer for a study

I’ve experienced the other side of research recently. A number of weeks ago I spent an afternoon working with Cambridge students in their department. I wasn’t doing the research, I was the research. I was a research volunteer for a perception study. I’d been a test subject before, when during…