Kitchen Science: Perfect Pancakes

Ah, pancake day. You have to love a day that encourages you to eat pancakes for every available meal of the day. Personally I’m aiming for at least breakfast and dinner. I don’t have access to pancake making facilities at work so I might have to forgo lunch pancakes. Unless I find some way to […]

What’s your blood type?

Do you know your own blood type? Well, maybe, but do you know what it actually means? I bet most of you probably don’t. I’ll put my hand up and admit that while I’ve known vaguely that I was O negative, I’ve never really considered what that actually means. What’s the difference between my blood […]

…and we’re back!

Hello, It’s been a long time, hasn’t it? I’m sorry it’s been so long, team. It wasn’t you, it was me. Have a cookie and know that I still think you’re awesome. I shan’t bore you with the myriad of reasons why it’s been such a long time, except to mention one particularly relevant one: […]

The Friday Question: What causes brain freeze?

    This question actually came from my husband, but I have wondered this before myself, and been asked by others. What causes brain freeze, or ice-cream headaches? There’s just nothing worse than brain freeze, is there? Well, okay, there are many things worse, but it’s particularly upsetting as it usually comes when you’re enjoying […]

Your Body: Lactose intolerance and milk allergies

Quite a few people, including most recently my own lovely Mummylase and the ever-wonderful Aisling, have asked me to write about lactose intolerance and milk allergies, the differences between them, and how they both work. It’s actually a really interesting area, personally I absolutely did not know until recently that there were two different reasons that […]

The Friday Question: How Does Suncream Work?

Hello again, Team Science! Apologies for the extended blog break, after I got back from eating All The Pasta and Gelato in Italy, I had a busy week at work, I was lucky enough to get to spend some time attending two regional Big Bang Near Me fairs, in Crawley and London, where young people […]

How Drugs Work: The Morning After Pill

I have written before, elsewhere, about the pill and how it works, but the other day I was wondering… does the morning after pill work in the same way? I think I may also have said before, here or elsewhere, I can’t keep track of my own ramblings, that I think contraception and emergency contraception […]

Kitchen Science: Pastry

Ah, pastry. Pastry is one of my weaknesses in life. Pasties and pork pies and strudel, and apple pies and lemon meringue pie… and custard slice and cream puffs. I could go on. Sometimes I think these kitchen science posts read like the food porn inside of my mind; like delicious science with added drooling. Pastry […]

The Friday Question: Fizzy Drinks

This Friday’s Friday Question comes from Gemma, and it is… “Why does shaking a carbonated drink make it fizzier?” The answer is all about physics, which is pretty awesome. If slightly unnerving to a molecular structural bioloy nerd, it’s not often I fully understand physics! The fizz in fizzy drinks comes from carbon dioxide, which is […]