June 29, 2017

Fake news, fake news, fake news is the word since Donald first spread it,

not like his alternative facts were ever in arrears, he just said it,

and like a wildflower starts with a stubbed out cigarette,

now we come to regret printing the words of this toupéed baguette

as t...

June 29, 2017

In remote Japanese mountain settings thrives a plant with a whole lot of DNA. With the largest known genome of any plant, each of the cells of Paris japonica contains 150 billion letters of instructions for building and maintaining this rare flower. But just how much i...

June 27, 2017

As the fine orange grains of desert sands
Expand with the rising sun,
Into new lands, aflame, the soils erode
To meandering dunes and smother
The withered fields in June.

But all the while and under the surface,
Barely scratched, the next great deserts
May be the wettes...

June 26, 2017

Thinking of learning a second language? Coding might be your best bet. The world of computing, rather than being dull and overly-complicated, is like learning how to compose a beautiful symphony but instead of writing notes, you write code.

The ability to program a comp...

June 26, 2017

From the mountainous regions of the tropics to the rivers and fertile alluvial plains of China, India and Mesopotamia, humans learnt to domesticate wild plants in order to sustain the populations which eventually became our cities – and civilisations.

Since 9000BC, long...

June 26, 2017

So you want to do a PhD degree, huh? Here we've got everything you need to know about getting started.

So you want to do a PhD degree, huh? Are you sure about that? It’s not going to be an easy decision, so I’ve put together a list of 10 things you need to know before s...

June 26, 2017

A look at the crux of your three or four years of study: the dreaded thesis and viva voce that will seal your doctorhood.

So you decided to do a PhD, huh? Don’t say we didn’t warn you (see 10 things to consider before starting a PhD degree).

Now that you’ve started, you...

June 26, 2017

Have you ever tried explaining something for the third time to someone? It’s tiresome, but maybe you just aren’t saying it properly. The perpetual struggle of science is this: the language simply doesn’t make sense (to anyone else, and very often most scientists).

A qui...

June 26, 2017

The life sciences, especially genomics research, increasingly relies on computing expertise in order to find information in the midst of huge datasets. But, compared to people, computers aren’t great when it comes to spotting patterns.

Unless, of course, we teach them h...

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