Sunday, 21 December 2014

Liverpool Life Sciences UTC Blog by Prof Dave Hornby

Recently became aware (by the magic of Twitter) of the Blog run by Prog Dave Hornby at the Liverpool Life Sciences University Technical College.

It has some interesting stuff on it.....

How fish make their own antifreeze

An Interview with (Nobel Prize winning) Sir Richard Roberts who talks about GMO, pointing out that the opposition of some groups to GM organisms such as Golden Rice is preventing their introduction. It would have been nice, however, to have seen him questioned on some of the more dubious GMO business practices of Monsanto et al.

How fluorescent genes have transformed research by allowing target molecules to be visible under microscopy.

Lots of important points in this post about infectious diseases.

Some interesting comments see here, and here on things to consider when starting up a life science business

Green Fluorescent Protein

Image Source
GFP

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Top 10 posts of 2014

Really enjoyed writing the Nottingham Science Blog in 2014 and learnt lots of stuff!
Here are the top 10 most popular posts this year....

1 : UoN's Professor Philip Moriarty talking about 3D printing....with atoms.
Prof Moriarty moves around a lot, this is about as clear as it got...


2 : Sheffield Uni's Professor Michael T Siva-Jothy on bedbugs.
Quality reposte from Prof Michael Siva-Jothy


3: Plymouth Uni's Hazel Gibson on the public perception of fracking.
US Fuel consumption by type, history


4: UoN's May Fest 2014
Very clever stuff involving pendulums and lights !


5 : UoN's Sara Goodacre on Spiders
Erigone Atra, obviously


6: History of Train Manufacture in Derby
1377 Class, 1878


7 : UoN's Ian Fisk on the Flavour of Food
Wood and Cucumber aroma - from the same chemical !


8 : Sheffield Uni's Duncan Cameron on Soil Science
World Percapita Fertilizer Use & Available Grain Area
Derived and simplified from USDA data
http://people.oregonstate.edu/~muirp/fertlim.htm


9 : Bath Spa's Snezana Lawrence on Mathematics in Society
A sign from Bourbaki


10 : UoN's Emily Kostas on Fuel from Seaweed.
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Kelp Forest