I am a researcher in bionanotechnology currently living and working in Tokyo. I moved out here four and a half years ago, against my better judgement but in search of adventure. It has certainly been an adventure and not one I would have missed for the world, but now I am preparing to head back to the UK where I will be retraining as a designer.
This blog used to just be for opinionated rambling. Now it is for updates as I pay forward people's support for my attempts to retrain with random acts of kindness... and indulge in opinionated rambling.
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Category Archives: Good Science/Research Blogging
No # today, because this is a science blogging post and not A Thing I Have Learned. I just read a fantastically interesting New York Times article on Craig Venter and his attempt to create artificial life. It’s a great … Continue reading
More fool you: The problem with scientific research is that we can extrapolate trends moderately well, but we aren’t very good at specifics. We can confidently state that the world is getting hotter, on average, year by year and that … Continue reading
The above image from Neuroskeptic details the nine circles of scientific hell with the punishments the author deems reasonable. Neuroskeptic makes the point that in Dante’s original poem there was space for all men in Hell because even good people … Continue reading
I blog and I don’t pull my punches when I do so. So far, my blog is too small to attract much attention and I have yet to write any posts seriously attacking the kind of people who sling libel … Continue reading
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, … Continue reading
Ok, ok, I know. I said I was going on holiday, and I am, after just this one more post… Isn’t it always the way that something really important always happens just as you’re walking away from the office? Yesterday … Continue reading
I’m fairly realistic about humans and the things they do, on the whole. I don’t expect much from society and I am seldom disappointed. I try and keep abreast of the latest developments in human selfishness and depravity as, in … Continue reading
When I watch videos like this, I want to shout from the roof top in frustration “WHY AREN’T WE ALREADY DOING THIS?!” In the light of the ongoing and increasingly worrisome Horizon oil spill it becomes even more relevant. I’d … Continue reading
These just popped into my head this afternoon, so I sat up until 4.30 am doing them. I am an idiot. It only took me that long because my laptop wasn’t up to the job, but I couldn’t stop till … Continue reading
Scientists live in a topsy turvy world of theory, doubt and questioning. We learn to observe evidence and seek it out through careful experimentation. We take our observations and, with meticulous care, we weave each new strand of information into … Continue reading