BioI am a biology graduate doing a masters in stem cell research.Future advancements in science fascinate me and our ever increasing understanding of our own biology is amazing to me.I aim to help others discover science breakthroughs everyday
Helpful Tips for Making Your Own Wedding Cake
Planning a wedding can be a stressful, busy, but exciting time and you have a lot of things to consider, one of those being your centerpiece wedding cake. I am currently in the midst of planning my wedding and have, of course, been to all the wedding fairs and looked at dozens of cake companies and I was shocked at how expensive these beautiful desserts can be, especially if you're going to have quite a lot of guests. So I have decided to DIY my cake, and I thought I'd share some tips that I have learnt so far to help those of you brave (or daft) enough to attempt this challenge, too.
Your Behind Is the Way Forward for Space Cuisine!
In 2015, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren ate the first food grown and harvested from the International Space Station. This was not made from human waste, but, although the idea may make you squeamish, this could be a reality in the future.
Effectively Researching for University
When you're at university, you can sometimes feel a little overwhelmed by the amount of information thrown at you in lectures. You'll be taking different classes, some lecturers will cover several important areas all in one sitting and then they will suggest the "further reading!" Some scholarly texts can be a little daunting at first to read and its hard to know where to even start when researching a lecture, so here are a few tips from a fellow student.
Therapies for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
ALS is a degenerative disease of the motor neurons. The cause of it is largely unknown as 90 percent of cases have no genetic inheritance and only 20 genes have been identified as having an effect in genetic cases, but how they cause motor neuron loss is unknown. Atrophy, or shrinking, of the motor neurons leads to muscle atrophy and stiffness. Muscle cells die because of an influx of calcium and the lack of calcium binding proteins outside of the cells. This causes calcium channels to open and dangerously increase intracellular levels of calcium, killing the motor neurons.
Silver Is a Girl's Best Friend?
Silver has long been valued as a precious metal, and it has been used in currency throughout many civilizations in the past and present. It has the highest conductivity of electricity and heat and the highest reflectivity of all metals. But alongside its obvious shiny aesthetic properties, it has also been used in diluted silver nitrate forms in disinfectants, added to bandages, catheters, and other medical instruments. In fact, in 2008 the ACTICOAT dressing with silver infused into it was developed for use on burns to eliminate infection and still be safe for patients with damaged immune systems. ACTICOAT was even found to eliminate MRSA within 30 minutes in laboratory tests!
How to Cope With the Work Load at University
When we start university, we think its going to be all parties and fun with a little bit of work in between...unfortunately, it doesn't quite work out that way. A lot of people are nervous about starting university. Just look on student forums and there are hundreds of posts about nerves when starting, students not enjoying the course, and those wanting to quit. From the perspective of someone who did a science/biology degree, it is a lot of work, and it can feel strenuous at times. But there are ways to make that work load manageable, and even fun!