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Cycling Scotland end-to-end over 3 days

Cycling Scotland end-to-end over 3 days

On Saturday I’ll be starting the first of three days cycling the length of Scotland. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and will serve as a “goodbye for now” as I move to the Land of Eng later in the month. The primary reason I’m doing this is to raise funds for a great charity, the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH). They provide great support for those in need and also tackle…

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Best of “Not New Scientist”

Best of “Not New Scientist”

I made a light-hearted Twitter bot to poke a bit of fun at New Scientist. @NS_headlines attempted to automatically create sensationalist and surreal headlines. The account posted over 1000 tweets now so I feel it’s a good time to switch it off. To the 845 followers who I know must be desperate for it to continue, I might improve the script in the future and restart it, but I’m more interested in…

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GenomeTweet - Yeast is finished!

GenomeTweet – Yeast is finished!

It’s done.

Finally, after 98345 tweets, the entire Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome is on Twitter.

S. cerevisiae is a yeast commonly used in brewing, wine-making, baking, and biological research in the lab. Now we have virus (HIV), prokaryote (Escherichia coli), and eukaryote (S. cerevisiae) genomes on Twitter.

HIV – 70 tweets

E. coli

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How many times has a centralised nervous system evolved?

Neuroscience fascinates me because of the idea that an object (the human brain) is attempting to understand itself. For that same reason, I’m fascinated by the evolution and development of the central nervous system. Scientist’s brains are attempting to…

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