Working for 6 months now in a sexual health clinic has had me on a steep and quite bizarre learning curve… One of the things I have learned very quickly is not to be shocked by ANYTHING. Also that is very hard to embarrass anyone who works in sexual health, and that you discuss a… Continue reading If you’re happy and you know it get the clap – wait, those aren’t the words?!
Has anyone ever wondered how an MRI scan works? It’s a staple in many hospitals and used for noninvasive, radiation-free diagnostic imaging. It looks like a huge spaceship-themed doughnut and is such a powerful magnet that you cannot have any metal in the room as it will rip it right off (or out of) your… Continue reading MR-why?
In a questionable attempt to seem ‘cool’ and ‘down with the kids’, I recently ended up having a long conversation with my 11-year-old niece about slime. Apparently children everywhere have been creating their own silly putty, using only two basic ingredients and then adding colour or glitter. She really wanted some for her birthday. I… Continue reading Slimewatch UK
I’ve been thinking about an anecdote that a lecturer once told our bio-inorganic chemistry lecture group. We were looking at the mechanisms of certain blood pressure drugs, and he casually mentioned how one of his dad’s mates had collapsed after drinking a glass of grapefruit juice one day. The medication he was taking to control… Continue reading When two drugs collide…
Space is one of the public’s favourite ‘sciencey’ things. It is beautiful, mysterious, and so preposterously large that it’s a struggle to get enough information to study. Space is actually a lot of boring empty vacuum and dark matter that is currently pretty much impossible to study or even to confirm as real. That’s why… Continue reading WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT SPACE
Recently, I attended a lecture about human anatomy run by the medical school at my university. It was fascinating! During the lecture we saw volunteers undergo several ultrasound scans, to show real-time digestion, blood pumping through the heart, and the intricate tendons and veins that are tightly packed into the wrist. It got me thinking… Continue reading Turning up the volume on ultrasound
Science news alert! Let’s give some attention to slugs, which at the moment are somehow less depressing than the normal news. The only attention I have given to slugs in recent years is trying to prevent them from getting into the kitchen in our student house. We failed in our prevention techniques, and yes I… Continue reading Glue – A sticky subject