Ancient Biotics

Ancient Biotics – Using Historical Manuscripts to Find Modern Cures   Earlier in the year I wrote about Freya Harrison, a microbiologist and Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at Nottingham University, who was raising money, as part of the Ancient Biotics project, to fund research on a potentially new (old) antibiotic able to kill, the so-called hospital superbug, MRSA (Methycillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). You can read the old article here if you want.

The Big Bang Fair 2015

The Big Bang Fair at the NEC is the biggest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) event for schools in Britain. This year just over 68,000 visitors attended, and we got to see quite a few of them.

Experiment with the Vikings

Experiment with the Vikings In November 2014 we were commissioned to write a primary school resource called Experiment with the Vikings for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The aim was to include relevant STEM activities for primary schools teaching a topic about the Vikings.

The Great British Viking Quest

Sarah Weldon, from Kendal in The Lake District, is CEO of the Ocean’s Project, a not-for-profit organisation providing free online environmental, geography, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) education to young people aged 5-19 in developed and developing countries. Between May and September 2015 Sarah will be bringing Vikings and STEM alive during her single-handed Guinness World record attempt to be the first person to row around the entire coastline of Great Britain. Following ancient Viking navigation routes she will compare the lives and landscapes of our Viking ancestors with the modern world. At the same time Sarah’s Great British Viking Quest will explore … Continue reading

Three Parent Babies and Mitochondrial Disease

Three Parent Babies and Mitochondrial Disease Update:  MPs approve the human fertilisation regulations by 382 votes to 128 – a majority of 254. So common sense wins, although, I think, the number of no votes shows just how scientifically illiterate a large number of our politicians are. But very good news.   I’ve been following the debate about the so-called three parent babies with interest. In case anyone doesn’t know about it, it’s like this: Some women have faulty mitochondria in their eggs. Mitochondria are the organelles that supply energy, in the form of the chemical ATP, for the cell. … Continue reading

Vikings and STEM

What have Vikings and STEM got to do with each other? Well, I have a dream, and that is to get Vikings into the Big Bang fairs and STEM fairs all over the UK. This might seem rather far-fetched, but it’s not as silly as it seems. You see, a big reason the Vikings were so successful was because of their technology. Their engineering skills were impressive, and the Viking Longship was a revolutionary design that enabled them to cross the Atlantic and discover North America 500 years before Columbus. Viking Navigation relied upon knowledge of astronomy. Their weapons needed great skill in metallurgy … Continue reading