Where did all that diversity go, and why wasn't it possible to retain it? In particular, how come I began my scientific studies surrounded by women, yet these days regularly find myself being the sole woman presenting my work at scientific workshops?
The problem is that the relations between the genome and life itself, and its diseases, are far too complicated to be understood simply by sequencing DNA. It may well take us another century to work it all out.
As a scientist, I cannot express how exciting it is to think about a problem in the laboratory, design experiments, and seek and find answers to these problems, in ways that are relevant to finding an end to the tyranny of diseases like Alzheimer's. This, to me, is the most rewarding gift for one's passion in science.
It was in 1900 that Lord Kelvin, renowned British scientist and the toast of the establishment, addressed a group of physicists at the British Associa...
The debate on Mind vs. Brain has figured prominently in the recent public press. But the debate is misleading: few dispute that mental life is grounded in the complex circuits of connections between neurons (brain cells) and in their constant interaction with the world outside.
Peer review is regarded by many as an indispensable, if sometimes unwieldy, cog in the science machine. It's what makes science 'go'. But to non-scientists it can seem a bizarre process.
Healthcare has always been synonymous with innovation. From ground-breaking pharmaceutical treatments and surgical procedures, to cutting edge technology and software designed to prevent, diagnose and treat ill-health - the opportunity to create something that truly helps people is a driving force that has attracted leading thinkers, scientists and inventors - many of them here in the UK.
Technology is transforming healthcare. The pace of biomedical science and genetics is leading to the discovery of new diagnostics and new drugs at an extraordinary pace. Cancer for example is now becoming a treatable and in some cases curable and preventable disease.
There's something heartening about the fact that the Boaty poll proved that Britons can get animated about something - even something which many would regard as dry and sciencey. While I can't quite see the leader of a political party capturing the nation's hearts like Boaty, perhaps if we can channel that enthusiasm for something far more important, we'll all take a bit more interest and pride in our democratic system.
The invocation of a higher dimension only generates a global flow of time, so it does not explain the sense of individual identity associated with the 1st person perspective. To accommodate this, one may need to account for another important aspect of consciousness: we cannot be aware of timescales which are too short or too long.
There is a near-endless variety of ways that unpicking the chemical evolution of one planet might better inform geoengineering actions on our own. For example, understanding the long-term fate of Martian carbonates and how they interact with the atmosphere and hydrosphere, will teach us how effective this form of carbon storage might be on Earth.
'Creativity' is applicable to a broad spectrum with Science and Creative art on either end. Where and how the twain meet for the betterment of individuals, communities and cultures is the eternal question. The answer is surprisingly simple-in the fascinating conundrum called the human mind!
Whilst Brexit looms more ominously in the background, the next generation of data publishing is moving towards an ever-more collaborative and open place in which researchers can easily choose to make discoveries and data sets available across borders and cultures.
A few years back I was struck by the regular reports of British casualties in Afghanistan. While those killed were mourned and commemorated, at times the wounded seemed to be little more than numbers that were soon forgotten.
*Nikolas Oktaba is a Gates Cambridge Scholar doing an MPhil in Classics at the University of Cambridge. Picture credit o...
Life may exist on Mars. This is not crazy ranting from a tin foil hat redneck who has crop circle tattoos on their back, enjoys alcohol induced communions with a wounded mother Earth and is married to their sister called Kynleigh. I'm a planetary scientist specialising in Mars chemistry. Let me explain why sending human missions to Mars would be disastrous.