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    Bankrupting Physics

    Modern Physics is in trouble, it has become a mess of free parameters, over inflated theories and untestable nonsense. In Bankrupting Physics theoretical physicist Alex Unzicker and science writer Sheilla Jones argue that physics, just like the banking sector, has become too big to fail. Unzicker expertly guides us through the wonderful worlds of cosmology, […]

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    Test Tube Brains

    New mini brains grown in test tubes open up new research possibilities in neuroscience that could help cure brain diseases such as microencephaly. A team from the Institute of Molecular Biology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA) used human pluripotent stem cells to grow 4mm cerebral organoids, or mini brains, in their laboratory. Using […]

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    Firework Fun Police

    My other half has an affectionate nickname for me; he calls me the Duchess of Doom. I think this might be due to my generally sunny outlook on life. Given my doom loving credentials I thought I would examine the more negative side of fireworks in the scientific literature, which amazingly extends well beyond firework […]

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    Exercise in Propaganda

    At the moment, outside my window the weather looks something like this… This has curiously removed any desire I might have had to go for a run, which is a shame. There was a time in the not so distant past where I would have branded this, “perfect running weather,” and raced out to wallow […]

About Me

I am a veterinary surgeon turned science communicator.

I currently work at the University of Oxford, spending half my time as an Outreach and Public Engagement Officer for NDORMS and the other half working in research administration & communication for the Medical Sciences Division.

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Harm of e-cigarettes

There is no doubt that smoking is harmful. Tobacco is thought to kill nearly 6 million people every year, but do electronic cigarettes provide the answer to this assault on the nation’s health? As with conventional cigarettes, there is often an information deficit on the chemicals that electronic cigarettes contain and although some just use […]

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Sugar Pills For Dogs

If my patients could talk there’s just one thing I wish they’d mentioned to me sooner…there is a placebo effect in animals. The placebo effect is any effect a treatment has that is not due to its medical properties. For example a person who takes a sugar pill and is told it is a new […]

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Freezing Fast

Hot water sometimes freezes faster than cold water. This sounds counter-intuitive but it’s true. This effect was uncovered by Tanzanian game park manager Erasto Mpemba fifty years ago; since then scientists have been trying to explain what is known as the Mpemba Effect. First let’s try the experiment… I took 100mls boiling water and poured […]

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High Impedance, Warm Heart?

My touch screen phone hates my fingers; I have to jab at the screen multiple times before it acknowledges my presence. Here is my quest to find out why my digits are not touch technology friendly. How do mobile phone touch screens work? Most modern touch screen phones work using projective mutual capacitance. This means […]

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Firework Fun Police

My other half has an affectionate nickname for me; he calls me the Duchess of Doom. I think this might be due to my generally sunny outlook on life. Given my doom loving credentials I thought I would examine the more negative side of fireworks in the scientific literature, which amazingly extends well beyond firework […]