OK. So you ought to know who this blogging fellow is. Graduate of Neuroscience with Biochemistry. Currently residing in Birmingham, though hopefully not hanging about here for too long.
My fascination lies within the natural sciences, from particle physics right up to supersocieties in the animal kingdom. I like looking at the grand scheme of things, and how it all fits in.
Science is my passion. I also enjoy exploring life, in many different ways and on different levels - the quiet countryside, the grand natural wilderness, sprawling cityscapes and deceivingly tranquil suburbia.
I value variety, diversity, peace, ambition, wonder and hope.
Not sure what else to say, but let's pretend I've written something you like and now you're chuckling to yourself.
Major Signalling pathways which are disrupted, which result in disrupting the cell life cycle thus transforming a healthy cell into a cancerous cell. Circled in red are key proteins/genes which are commonly affected to induce cancer.
Post 300, folks, and never at a more fitting time!
Exam time is upon us, and much like the Spartans, I feel like the odds are against me. I have the dreaded Behavioural Neuroscience module on the morrow, (hence all the recent psychological posts). I must admit, I have a newfound respect for psychology as an academic field. I was always a bit dubious of it, and preferred to stick to my guns by looking at the basis of being from a biochemical/molecular standpoint. But no, it’s alright. I can see how the psychological method works, and now I appreciate why psychology is referred to as science.
Hell - I wouldn’t take it up as a career or anything, I like my chemicals and cells too much, but I see psychology as credible science now. So yeah… Go Psychologists! Muchos love to y’all! You really challenged me with this module.
Anywho, I say this every exam time, and now will be no different. These look to be the hardest yet.
January Exams are over! Huzzah! That means exam/assignment related stress are over for a few days. Lectures start again on Tuesday so I think I’ll trololo off to B’ham for a few days.
Just got back from a seminar by one of the leading neurosurgeons here at the Queens Medical Centre. It was fascinating, and to keep this ‘gpoy’ (seriously, what does ‘gpoy’ even mean??) scientific, I shall mention a couple of things that I learned.
20% of men and women between the age of 45 and 85 will have an aneurysm. Women who smoke are more likely to get an aneurysm than men who smoke. And smoking for a prolonged period of time damages collagen (a structural protein), causing features of advanced ageing. So ladies, smoking isn’t great for you (isn’t great for you gentlemen either… it isn’t great for any of us!)! Has a tendency to make you look older than you are and increases your chance of aneurysm. An aneurysm occurs when blood starts to build up in a region of blood vessel, causing it to swell up. As you may have guessed, this can lead to a Haemorrhage. If this happens in the brain that’s a stroke. But for more info, I suggest you see a doctor, and if you can’t be bothered for that, there’s some good medics on tumblr who know way more about this than I do.
Not a science post, but something a little personal. I don’t tend to make a habit of these so it should all be good.
The past four weeks were supposedly my ‘holidays’. It was spent trying to study for the upcoming exams which started today. Motivation came in the form of television. Such a ubiquitous contraption, yet such a special one all the same.
The day would be spent engaging in menial tasks, babysitting and staring out of the window (under the illusion that I was thinking hard about my studies… in reality I was thinking about nothing in particular). Night would fall and I’d hit the books. Dawn would be nigh on approaching, so I’d pack up the books and reward a hard days work with an episode or two of my favourite shows. Would usually be something like Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Doctor Who, South Park, QI or one of my all time favourites - BlackAdder. Funnily enough, I’d worked through my boxset to the point where I was on the very last episode, on the last day of my exams. I’m in no way comparing the plight of the soldiers of the Great War with my petty exam woes - but it seemed fitting.
The last scene always brings up a lump in my throat as Lt George tells Cptn BlackAdder that he is scared of going over the top. I would deem this one of the finest moments in television. Such a brilliant scene.