Your Body: How The Human Eye Detects Light

Quite often, in science, you learn something that completely blows you away. Sometimes you learn something that continues to blow you away with how simply magnificent it is, every single time you think about it. For me, the human eye is one of those things. In particular, the way the human eye detects light. I […]

How Drugs Work: Nasal Decongestant Sprays

Today, I am very much enjoying the effects of oxymetazoline. In fact, without it, I wouldn’t have taken a clear breath through my nose for the past three days. My nose is bunged up, you see. My body is playing host to a virus that is causing me to produce more mucus than I really […]

The Friday Question: Why Do We Wrinkle in the Bath?

Hey! It’s Friday Question time! Every fortnight, I’ll be answering an everyday question about science: from the ridiculous to the fascinating, from wonderful to bizarre. So, if there’s a question that’s always bugged you, or something you just don’t understand, drop me an email at katielase@gmail.com (I am always mega excited to receive mail). For […]

How Drugs Work: Antibiotics Part II

A few weeks ago I shared a post about how certain antibiotics vanquish the invading bacteria in your system by specifically targeting their support underwear, the bacterial cell wall. These antibiotics are excellent homing missiles, but they aren’t the only way to vanquish a bacterial infection. There other weapons in the antibiotic arsenal. As I […]

The Friday Question: Why Does Shampoo Make My Eyes Sting?

Good morning, science fans! Today sees the advent of a new series of posts, The Friday Question. Every fortnight, I’ll be answering an everyday question about science: from the ridiculous to the fascinating, from wonderful to bizarre. So, if there’s a question that’s always bugged you, or something you just don’t understand, drop me an […]

Kitchen Science: The Molecular Magic of Custard

I love custard. There’s nothing more comforting than sponge and custard. Or bananas in custard. Or custard for breakfast. I am very aware of how awesome custard is as a food, but it wasn’t until I was watching the hilarious results of four celebrities trying to make custard slices on The Great Comic Relief Bake […]