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I had a meeting with my supervisor for my fourth year project. He alternated between saying "I have...

I had a meeting with my supervisor for my fourth year project. He alternated between saying "I have no expectations of you, don't worry" and "you have the scope to get more out of this than just a project" and "this is part of something I'm being funded for" but "I have no expectations"......so yes, I am worried, actually! I'd prefer if he told me what...

Arrays and networks and brains, oh my :D

I don't have time to write about it properly, but this paper - the new transcriptome study of autism-spectrum brains, from Nature, makes me really excited. Comparing gene expression in a high throughput way, using microarrays - creating networks and identifying significant modules - using genome-wide association study data to back up your conclusions...

Aspirations

Yesterday, I gave a tour of the department to a thirteen year old and her mother. When I was thirteen, I wanted to be a costume designer for films (blame Lord of the Rings).No, the girl wasn’t some kind of prodigy (although she did seem pretty smart). Her mum just emailed the head of the department, saying her daughter was interested in science and...

Blood groups and bruises

Fig 1: I has a bruise.I went to give blood last Thursday. Giving blood is something I feel quite strongly about, so I try to go as often as I can. Sadly I hadn't been in about a year - but I persuaded a friend to come and donate, too, so I felt less guilty! Unfortunately this time, for me, it didn't go too smoothly. I didn't actually manage to give...

Baking is science for hungry people! :D

Term is over, my lab project is over (well, the part that involves being in the lab is at least, if not the write-up) - and so to celebrate, I made C .elegans cake!Fig 1: Caaaaaaake. Photo by me. It was actually also as a form of bribery / distraction ^^;; You see, I had to do a ten-minute talk to the rest of the Genetics class, plus a few lecturers,...

Worms! Everywhere!

I now have my very own box in the freezer in my project lab. (It has a bright green name sticker on it, because I feel I should keep up my reputation for liking shiny things :P) I feel like I belong there, finally!Okay, that's an overstatement, but it does feel like my project is finally starting to go somewhere. So far I, and the other girl doing...

How to import a new citation style in LyX

This post is for my own future reference, and for the use of any other users of LyX for Windows, because there seems to be very little documentation out there that doesn't assume a lot of prior knowledge.I had an extended essay to write over the Christmas holidays: 3000-5000 words, roughly 10% of my final grade, and most relevantly, it needed proper...

Making memories

The picture above is of Professor Sir Gabriel Horn, speaking on mechanisms of memory, last Thursday evening. It was a talk I organised for my college's science society, before our annual dinner. I'm currently the society president, which has been more work than I expected, but also great fun. The lead up to Thursday, for example, involved a cancellation,...

Climate Change in Comic Form

 This is really cool. But read the comments, too. Basically it's great until the last section, where he over-simplifies and over-sensationalises a bit. Still, it's a really nice, easy to follow, explanation of why not to necessarily listen to the headline on climate change.EDIT:Okay, having read the comments I'm annoyed enough by some of them to add...

Holidays?

Ahhh, holidays. Or should I say "vacation", because that's what it is >_>"Vacation". You vacate your room, your college, the city... but not your work! *insert evil laughter from Captain Tripos here* ...sorry, Cambridge reference.So, my department this year sets us a 3000-5000 word essay to do over the Christmas holidays, which is supposed to...

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