Musings, Science

Making time to think

Today’s one word prompt has struck rather a chord with me this week, I have spent quite a lot of time being pensive. Continue reading

Communication, Science

Science in a nutshell

This week I had the pleasure of attending an excellent science outreach event at one of the pubs local to the reseach institute where I work. The Café Scientifique format is one with which I’m sure many of you will be familiar but for those of you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about; it’s essentially a platform for scientists and others to communicate science to the general public in a relaxed and informal setting. Continue reading



So alongside my lab and glasshouse work this week, my goal has been to tackle that most hated of PhD chores – reading. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of reading a scientific paper, an accurate and very amusing summary of the events involved can be

found here. After enjoying the novelty of gamification last week, I decided to apply this principle to my reading list, in hopes that I might actually start to enjoy the process.

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Ever get the feeling that you’re attempting to cram too much information into your brain at once? This week I’m tackling q-PCR…or perhaps I should say I’m starting to tackle q-PCR.

As a “Jack of all trades, master of none” PhD student, I often find learning new techniques a bit of a minefield. I know I’m not alone, and that is a comforting thought but but where do I turn when the going gets tough? Continue reading