Saturday, September 30, 2017
I can’t believe it’s September already! This month I’ve finally published a really important article to me, one that’s taken a lot of research and has also become part of a comedy routine (and soon to become a video blog, too – watch this space!): “An End to Su... .. read more..
Ig Nobel Prizes 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
The Ig Nobel Prizes is one of my favourite events of the year, and this year the winning research is particularly great. On the 14th September, The 27th First Annual Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony & Lectures took place at Harvard University in Massachusetts. In case you’re not familiar with ... .. read more..
An End to Superfluous Salad
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
I’d like to talk about a problem. It might seem like quite a small problem, but it’s a pervasive one. That problem, is salad. Yes, that’s right, I said salad. Not high on the list of major world perils, but perhaps it should be. I mean, for starters, it’s everwhere. Lurkin... .. read more..
Can bees only sting me once?
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Question: Can bees only sting me once? Answer: Honeybees are generally killed by stinging you, but most other stinging insects can survive to sting you again. It's a common urban myth that all bees can only sting once, but it's partially based in truth. Honeybees have a barbed stinger, and if the... .. read more..
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Hi everyone, I hope the issues we were having with the newsletter have started to disappear now – please let me know if not! I’ve been getting back into blogging again this month, and as well as the new content you’ve already seen I’ve got lots more in the pipeline –... .. read more..
My #230 Papers Challenge
Saturday, August 19, 2017
You might have heard of the #360papers challenge – to read one journal article a day for a whole year – you might be less familiar with the related #230 papers challenge. This makes the more realistic goal of reading one journal article each working day of the year, which is apparentl... .. read more..
CRISPR MutAnts Lose Interest in Socialising
Sunday, August 13, 2017
New gene editing technologies have revolutionised genetic science, but social insects like ants have proved difficult to genetically modify because of their complex lifecycle and social structure. Now, two separate labs have succeeded in using the CRISPR-CAS9 system to genetically modify two unus... .. read more..
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Curious Meerkat newsletter. I know there have been a few hiccups with the first few RSS newsletters – thanks for sticking around and bearing with me while I get it right! The problem was that a free account on the great site Fetchrss.com automa... .. read more..
Plankton Brought Back from the Dead
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
A team of scientists from Denmark and Sweden revived dinoflagellates from cysts in sediments cores taken from Koljö fjord in Sweden, spanning 9 decades. Using DNA microsatellite analysis they reconstructed their population genetics, and found two sub-populations that alternated in frequency, link... .. read more..
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Hello, and welcome to the third editions of my newly updated, RSS-driven newsletter. I hope you’re enjoying the new system. This month we’re back up in full swing, so I hope you enjoy these articles as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. I’d love to know what you think of t... .. read more..