Friday, 21 July 2017

The Climb

Hi! I am most definitely back blogging now. But first let me fill you in on what I have been doing during the radio silence!

I have just finished my Masters degree in Biochemistry this summer and am now a graduate! I am also currently working in the science industry which is pretty incredible and I hope that it goes well.

As for what I will be doing in my free time...well, that is up to you to see.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Radio Silence

Hi! I am so sorry for being so quiet the past few months, things were particularly stressful completing my UG degree. However...all the hard work paid off and now I am studying for my Masters in Biochemistry! This said, I begin the ominous task of job hunting.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

'Appy 90th Birthday Sir David Attenborough!

As you probably know, I love Sir David Attenborough's documentaries, and I am sure that I have almost watched them all! With every new series released, they never fail to disappoint, taking you on a journey through a plethora of emotions- from anxiety to jubilation- with each episode. (Never have I willed a gosling to survive more than when I watched Planet Earth!)

I must say that for me, Attenborough has certainly broadened my horizons with the sheer number and variety of animals which he has presented on our screens throughout his life. And for that, I am now a firm nature documentary lover and nothing can compare to hearing the smooth narration of Attenborough over a beautiful landscape or seascape shot!

Thus, the news which I have just heard is music to my ears!

In honor of David's 90th birthday, an app called 'The Story of Life'.  The mobile app is set to offer more than 1,000 clips of Attenborough's work for the BBC and bring hundreds of animals, their environments and their behavior to life. I am so excited and cannot wait to do a review on it when it arrives. I think this is so brilliant, as the app will be available globally, and moreover it is FREE! (thank you!)

Happy 90th Sir David Attenborough!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Viva la viva!

As a biochemistry penultimate year student, some of the compulsory tasks I have been set is to complete a 'wet' laboratory project, write a dissertation on the topic and attend a viva assessment meeting with 2 academic members of staff, with specialist knowledge in that area.

I was very lucky as I was allowed to pick the supervisor and the topic of my choice. As next year I will be a masters student, it meant that this year my dissertation was very short and only 3,000 words. I had so much more I could have written, looking back now. Cutting the word count down was particularly challenging as everything seemed just too important to cut out.

However, I think the main difficulty is in the preparation of the viva.

I've read, reread and triple-read my dissertation, reread the references and then on top of that tried to think of the questions which they could ask, both the obscure and the obvious- I always think the questions with the most obvious answers are sometimes the most difficult to answer. 

 A sneak peak into my life at the moment. Papers Galore!

Fingers crossed it goes well tomorrow!

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Spring has (officially) sprung!

I am very lucky to experience four different temporal seasons in my part of the world: Spring, Summer, Winter and Autumn.  Walking anywhere, right about this time of year, I see the newly flowering plants, the daffodils making their way through the green grass pushing their faces up towards to sun, the squirrels finding their buried nuts again and I love it! The days become longer and temperature is just generally more mellow.

Snaps I took this weekend to capture my little bit of Spring!

However, what decided when we say spring- and the other seasons- starts? 

So, the seasons can be determined via two calendars, the Meteorological or the Astronomical calendar, and it depends on which you follow as to when a season can be determined to begin.

If the Astronomical calendar is followed, then the seasons are based upon the Earth's position relative to the sun. This calendar takes into account both the longest and shortest day of the year  (the solstices). This calendar is very difficult to follow, due to the variation in the Earth's orbit and tilt on its axis over the years. This made it harder to clearly keep track of the seasons, thus the Meteorological calendar was introduced.

Based on the cycles of temperatures throughout the year, the Meteorological calendar coincides with the Gregorian calendar to create a definitive changeover between the seasons, which remains consistent throughout the years.

Seasons as defined by the Meteorological calendar
Spring- March, April, May
Summer- June, July, August
Autumn- September, October, November
Winter- December, January, February

Seasons as defined by the Astrological calendar
Spring- March 20/21
Summer- June 21/22
Autumn- September 22/23
Winter- December 21/22

Regardless of which calendar you follow, we will all celebrate the seasons in the same month.

Have you got any seasonal snaps? I would love to see them!

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Colours of the Sky

Recently, the sunsets have been really beautiful and I've been trying to capture them all. Then I thought to myself, I know why the sky is blue, but where do the cornucopia of colours which make up the beautiful horizon come from?

My daily view
Another beautiful sunset

So, the colours of the sunset, occur due to small particles in the atmosphere which alter the direction of the light rays, scattering them in multiple directions. It is the scattering of the light which has an effect on the overall colour of the light, but it is the wavelength of the light and the size of the particle which is more responsible for the subtle changes in hue.

At sunset, the sun is low on the horizon, so the sunlight travels through more air. More air, means more molecules which are able to scatter blue and violet away from our eyes. All the other colours like yellow, red and orange remain unscattered and travel to our eyes (hence why we tend to see the reddish-orangey sunsets).

What breathtaking sunsets have you captured?

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Oh Careers!

I always find the prospect of deciding a career path very difficult. Not because my degree (Biochemistry MBiol with Industrial placement) can only take you down a certain path, but because it is so flexible that I have not been able to narrow down the endless possibilities open to me. Although I have roughly 16 months left of my degree, I always think it is never too late to start looking, making lists and 'to dos' and creating a plan for the future.
Of course, when I began my career research the most obvious paths were R&D, teaching and academia, which are all great areas. However, I much prefer the theoretical side to science- the writing, the understanding, the wordplay and connotations derived from a piece of text. So, naturally I have wandered towards science journalism and medical writing, both of which (with further research!) I strongly think are a fields which I would not only enjoy working in but also fields  I could see myself progressing in career-wise through the years.
I know, that I want a job which involves science, but may not be lab based, so I feel writing about science is the right career for me.