Interesting things on the net

My apologies for the lack of posts, I am helping to organise a Relay for Life in Huntly and that is taking up most of my “free” time.  If you are in the North East of Scotland, do come along to the Relay it’s on the 3rd-4th of July 2016 in the School Playing [...]


Researchers in Residence 2016

Researchers in Residence is a scheme that matches up PhD research students posdocs and schools.  The scientist usually spends a week with a school and can lead demonstrations, class discussions, talks about university life etc.  I took part in the scheme when I was a student and throughly enjoyed it.  They are looking for [...]


Fashion in Science

Fashions come and go in science as they do in any other industry. New experiments are “trendy” and “hot” and are soon replaced by the next big thing. If you don’t work in science, it’s easy to think that science should be rational and above such petty concerns, but the life science industry is [...]


Beautiful Minds - New TV Series BBC 4

The BBC are running a series of programs as part of their “World of Wonder“, focusing on science.  There is a new, three part series starting on BBC4 tonight called “Beautiful Minds“.  The (short) series focuses on three UK scientists and shows how their scientific discoveries  changed how we think about science.  The first [...]


BBC Journalism College

This post may be of more interest to me than you!  The BBC has made publically available their internal journalism training website and it’s an absolute goldmine!

As I write about science on a daily basis this looks like a fantastic resource. Why?

Well for a start, healthcare in Scotland is devolved, so some [...]


We can afford to pay bankers but not scientists?

This is a politics rant about cuts to the science and education budgets. One of the advantages of having your own website and working for yourself is that you can write what you like, please indulge me, I am about to have a rant…

Obviously, I am a scientist and have spent most of [...]


Can you trust a scientist?

The UK government has a website called “Science and Society in the UK“, it is part of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. They want to improve build public confidence in science and improve science communication.

Apparently some expert groups are drawing up “action plans”.  Beyond that, I got a bit confused, I’m [...]


Can you prevent cancer? Is it possible?

Can you prevent cancer? Yes, you can prevent some types of cancer, some of the time.  How is that for hedging your beats?  I could be a politician!

Many people think that getting cancer is solely down to fate.  Some people blame faulty genes, after all, you can’t choose your parents.  Many people think [...]


Science and Evidence Based Medicine Vs Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Not the snappiest title I know!  I have intended to write a post on science and evidence based medicine for a while but I didn’t know where to start. It’s a huge topic and not one that can be covered in a brief blog post.

As a scientist I have been taught to [...]


Book Review - Trick or Treatment?

I’ve been meaning to put some more book reviews on this site for ages but I never get around to writing them, hopefully this will be the first of many. If you’ve read any science books lately that you recommend please let me know by leaving a comment below. Here are the links to [...]


Does Aberdeen do a “great job” involving people in science?

Prof Lord Robert Winston was in Aberdeen this week, he gave a talk to the “British Science Association” dinner and visited the new Suttie Centre at Foresterhill, which teaches clinical skills, click here to read more about the Suttie Centre/Matthew Hay Project . According to the Press and Journal, Robert Winston thinks we do [...]


Techfest 2015 Starts Today!

If you are in the Aberdeen area,  this is a reminder that Techfest starts today. The first event is tonight (Friday 11th September 2015) in the Beach Ballroom, where Richard Noble will be describing what it’s like to build the world’s fastest car.

Tomorrow (Saturday the 12th September 2015) there is a family show, [...]


The Scientific Method – If we can’t trust science…

If we can’t trust science what can we trust?

This is a geeky post about how scientists do science. Science means many things to many people, but this post applies to virtually all branches of science, be that cancer research or global warning.

Science is a way of checking things out to see if [...]