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

Musings, Science, Uncategorized

Schrödinger’s results

Today I am sitting in the unknown. I have sent off the products of this weeks lab work and I am waiting for the results, it’s almost blissful when you can lull youself into believing that you’ve done everything right and your results will be exactly what your hoping for. 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