The creature, created by Frankenstein, grown in the harsh sterility of a lab rather than the traditional nurturing environment of the mother’s womb. Once upon a time this shocked people; nowadays IVF is everywhere. This next Frankenstein inspired post is all about growth outside the womb – ectogenesis! Test tube baby Even though the term … More Frankenstein Part II: Ectogenesis
1st January 1818, a classic was born. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is turning 200, and in honour of this most prestigious of anniversaries, I thought I would write a little something about the science in this story, and how fact is starting to emulate this historic fiction… The birth of Frankenstein Upon late nights in a … More The Science of Frankenstein!
Now that the festivities, parties and feasts of Christmas are over, we’re getting to that time of the year again where we can think about New Years’ fireworks, the chime of midnight… and resolutions. We’ve all been there at some point or another – whether it’s to get fit and head to the gym on … More No or New Year’s Resolutions – Why they’re worth it and how to stick to them
I know I’m not alone in thinking that the best part of Christmas day is the food. Yes, it’s lovely to spend time with your family, but nothing brings people together and makes you feel good like a plate stuffed full of turkey, roast potatoes, pigs in blankets and stuffing! People have been striving to … More Food Glorious Food! The secret science of Christmas dinners
I love improvised comedy. It feels amazing, being up on stage, letting your creativity flow and bringing laughter to those you’re with. It’s constantly surprising, with scenes often taking unexpected and hilarious twists, and in my humble opinion is the funniest form of comedy out there. And I’m not the only one who loves improv. … More Improv-ing Mental Health
With the recent release of the Netflix hit ‘Mindhunter’, the even more recent death of killer-cult leader, Charles Manson, and the continuing popularity of books like Jon Ronson’s ‘The Psychopath Test’ which was released around half a decade ago(!), our curiosity with the morbid, the twisted and the unknown remains in 2017. When there is … More Psychopathicuriosity: Changing perspectives and developments in psychopathy
This post is a reblog of one I originally wrote for The Durham Scientist! Biomimicry: a background We all know that nature sometimes does it better. For years, humans have been looking to the natural world for inspiration, whether it be in art, architecture, medicine or technology. Termite mounds, for example, have inspired new buildings … More Biomimetics in Orbit: How the natural world is inspiring a new generation of space technology