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I check my phone. “Already inside, some good ales on.” I quickly flick my wallet open to see a £20 note, then open the door to my local pub. A wave of warm air, infused with familiar and somewhat questionable odours, washes over me. An evening of chatter and drinking with friends awaits. Unexpectedly, the [...]... Read more »
MOY, C. (2012) Rainwater Tank Households: Water Savers or Water Users?. Geographical Research, 50(2), 204-216. DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2011.00720.x
York, R. (2012) Do alternative energy sources displace fossil fuels?. Nature Climate Change, 2(6), 441-443. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate1451
FM-TOX. These evil scientist aren’t even trying to hide their motives anymore; they admit it’s toxic in the acronym! But there’s more to the story, as usual. The TOX in the title’s just a cover story. (This post is part 2 of a series uncovering the dark side of scientific methods; part 1 is here). [...]... Read more »
Quastel JH, & Wheatley AH. (1938) Anaerobic oxidations. On ferricyanide as a reagent for the manometric investigation of dehydrogenase systems. The Biochemical journal, 32(5), 936-43. PMID: 16746707
Catterall, K., Robertson, D., Hudson, S., Teasdale, P., Welsh, D., & John, R. (2010) A sensitive, rapid ferricyanide-mediated toxicity bioassay developed using Escherichia coli. Talanta, 82(2), 751-757. DOI: 10.1016/j.talanta.2010.05.046
Imagine you’re on a world trip. You find yourself in a vast, sprawling city. You drift about, your path seemingly changing at random, following flows of people and being guided by the shapes of the metropolis. Strange scents fill your … Continue reading →... Read more »
Bennett, W., Teasdale, P., Panther, J., Welsh, D., & Jolley, D. (2010) New Diffusive Gradients in a Thin Film Technique for Measuring Inorganic Arsenic and Selenium(IV) Using a Titanium Dioxide Based Adsorbent. Analytical Chemistry, 82(17), 7401-7407. DOI: 10.1021/ac101543p
Panther, J., Teasdale, P., Bennett, W., Welsh, D., & Zhao, H. (2010) Titanium Dioxide-Based DGT Technique for In Situ Measurement of Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus in Fresh and Marine Waters. Environmental Science , 44(24), 9419-9424. DOI: 10.1021/es1027713
…when playing on [bouncy] castles.” I think the literature’s got it wrong on this one. I’m going to illustrate why; not via rational argument, but with the presentation of colourful, photographic counter-evidence. That’s right. It’s a bouncy castle photo-fest. For … Continue reading →... Read more »
I don’t get blog requests particularly often. And this request was for a very difficult subject. I wasn’t sure if it was possible, or pleasant. But some questions are so nagging, so universal, so profound, that they need an answer. … Continue reading →... Read more »
Stevenson, R., & Repacholi, B. (2005) Does the source of an interpersonal odour affect disgust? A disease risk model and its alternatives. European Journal of Social Psychology, 35(3), 375-401. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.263
If you’re reading this, you’re probably rather smart. No, no, don’t be modest: whatever your supposed ‘academic ability’, you’re on a blog about science, reading about real research findings. That means you care. I don’t know what you care about, … Continue reading →... Read more »
Cohen, G., Aronson, J., & Steele, C. (2000) When Beliefs Yield to Evidence: Reducing Biased Evaluation by Affirming the Self. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26(9), 1151-1164. DOI: 10.1177/01461672002611011
Sit down, kids, and get ready for a show. You’re about to see how a dumb rap star intent on killing people, golden retriever puppies and the newest edition of Nature: Climate Change are linked. On Saturday, I gave a … Continue reading →... Read more »
Nick Pidgeon, & Baruch Fischhoff. (2011) The role of social and decision sciences in communicating uncertain climate risks. Nature Climate change, 35-41. info:/10.1038/nclimate1080
Your home is your only place of sanctuary. Yet, lurking in the walls is a silent menace. It is a noxious, suffocating, toxic presence, creeping out of cracks and threatening to overwhelm you if you let your guard down. If … Continue reading →... Read more »
Robertson, D., Welsh, D., & Teasdale, P. (2009) Investigating biogenic heterogeneity in coastal sediments with two-dimensional measurements of iron(II) and sulfide. Environmental Chemistry, 6(1), 60. DOI: 10.1071/EN08059
Scientists make Dr. Evil look tame when it comes to creative ways of destroying things. Sharks with lasers on their heads? Meh. Look at the methods section of research papers and you’ll find an enormous variety of elaborate tortures, dressed up in innocent-sounding jargon. I’ve mentioned it before, but we’ll start with an example I’m [...]... Read more »
Dunn, R., Teasdale, P., Warnken, J., & Schleich, R. (2003) Evaluation of the Diffusive Gradient in a Thin Film Technique for Monitoring Trace Metal Concentrations in Estuarine Waters. Environmental Science , 37(12), 2794-2800. DOI: 10.1021/es026425y
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