Why 2 year degrees will be a disaster for students and staff in research-intensive subjectsRead More
I wrote a guest blog for Errant Science Clutter, all about the challenges faced by early career researchers when applying for postdoctoral fellowships. Words are by me, cartoons are by Errant Science, and fellowship frustrations are shared by all.Read More
I paid £10 to get my name laser-etched onto an incredibly powerful spinning disk robot. Best £10 I've ever spent!Read More
Recently I gave a 15 minute talk about 'What helps or hinders science communication by early career researchers?' at Re:Con Event in Edinburgh. This post includes a video of my talk and my presentation slides.Read More
As a biophysicist in a biochemistry lab, I'm often learning new skills. To my surprise, recently I had to learn how to grow genetically modified bacteria to produce an artificial binding protein called an 'Affimer'. This blog post details nearly a whole week in the lab as I try to make these Affimers for the first time!Read More
Writing a scientific paper is pretty challenging. But there are also a lot of ancillary things to do to ensure that people can access a free-version of your paper, and so that your funders/institutions have a version for them to track impact, and so that your paper gets some publicity! There is so much to keep track of, that I decided to come up with this helpful check-list! I hope others find it helpful.Read More
Analysis of Apple’s smart-watch hardware has revealed a deactivated red LED sitting idle in the smart watch. Why put this waste of space into this tiny device if you are not going to use it? Speculation has reasonably guessed that this red LED would be used for measurements of blood-oxygen levels, but for some unknown reason Apple have not activated it. Some mundane speculation suggests that Apple may be waiting on FDA approval, or may be trying to improve the accuracy of this tech. However, I have a much more dramatic reason why Apple haven’t activated this little red light. It involves airplanes, it involves international panic, and it probably involves avoiding multiple massive lawsuits.Read More
How to optimise scientific figures for colour blindness with a handy example tested by using a colour blindness simulatorRead More
I love web-comics and I love science; so here is a list of science-themed web-comics.
- ASAP Science - science web-comic aggregating facebook page.
- Beatrice the Biologist - funny comics about biology
- Bird and Moon - nature and science cartoons.
- Brief History of Everday Objects - does what it says on the tin.
- Brown Sharpie - mathematical cartoons inspired by sharpie fumes
- ERC comics - web-comics about some of the research funded by the European Research Council.
- Errant Science - hilarious comics about being a scientist, with bonus informative blog
- Indexed - funny graphs
- Lab Bratz - life in the lab is hard
- LEGO Grad Student - the LEGO grad student struggles through the world of academia.
- Lovelace and Babbage - gorgeous comics about the adventures of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage and how they invented computing.
- Pedromics - life in the lab is hard, but funny.
- PhD Comics (Piled Higher and Deeper) - the truth about academia.
- Quark comics - planets say the funniest things
- Red Pen/Black Pen - academic-research focused comic
- Sci-ence - science vs. pseudoscience
- Sketching Science - brilliant webcomic about working in a life sciences
- SMBC (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) - maths, science, philosophy
- The Awkward Yeti - not 100% science, but regularly featuring internal organs and planets.
- The Upturned Microscope - life in the lab is REALLY hard.
- This Isn't Nesseria - medicine, innuendo, and existential crisis.
- XKCD - maths, physics, computing, and brilliant data visualization.
Honourable mentions (i.e. not quite science-y enough)
- Existential Comics - philosophy web-comic
- False Knees - irreverent comic often featuring birds. You might learn something.
- Strange Quark - comics by a physics professor
I'd like to make this list comprehensive with time, so you know some science web-comics that I've missed, then please email me at L.MacKenzie1@Leeds.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I'll add them to the list. Last updated: 5/2/2017
I love listening to podcasts and I love science. Here is a big list of science podcasts that I’m currently aware of. This list aims to be eventually comprehensive, so if you know of some of science podcasts I’ve undoubtedly missed, then please email me on L.Mackenzie1@Leeds.ac.uk or leave a comment to let me know.Read More
I was recently inspired to build a very fun object/maths sculpture known as a "Hexastix". This strange object is a curious assembly of 72 pencils held together with only 8 rubber bands! Hexastix are easy to make, and lots of fun to put together. Plus, all the supplies I needed for it were found on the high street for under £5 in total!Read More