Should We Start Drinking Cherry Juice To Improve Our Sleep?

The internet is awash with advice based on rubbish science, and it’s not unusual for news outlet to pick up on this. Luckily, I have a source who expertly scours the internet and provides me with the best of the worst scientific journalism. Today’s offering is from the Daily Mail who are advertising the miraculous…

This week’s featured PhD…

Also, here’s a short piece on what my PhD entails for PhD SOS. If you’re interested in hearing about what I do then please give it a read!

Why should you get involved in science outreach as a student?

Originally posted on The Signal:
Life as a scientist isn’t all about sitting in a lab wearing a coat and goggles. PhD student Jack Barton writes about the benefits of science outreach. ? When I mention that I’ve gone out and spoken to people about my research, my supervisors seem excited and comment on how…

Why we should be logging off from social media well before bedtime

So I am trying to experiment with shorter style articles a little bit. For those lovely people out there reading this, any feedback you have on this short pieces would be much loved!  It is a fact universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a smartphone must be in want of all of…

What’s the Evidence? Lush and Sleepy

A friend recently brought my attention to the latest Lush product which had literally been “blowing up her Instagram”. After seeing news articles such as this, I wanted to find out whether the evidence supported the hype. Now, before I start, I want to say that I have absolutely no problem with people paying for…

Do Insects Need Sleep?

Anyone with even the slightest fear of creepy crawlies has probably been in the following situation. You settle down for the evening and quick as a flash you see a behemoth of a spider run out. It dashes underneath the sofa before you can react, and, your night ruined, you are left waiting for it…

The Human Microbiome: A Teeming Ecosystem Within Your Own Body

“Why have you stopped speaking about sleep?” “I can have other interests!” “I don’t know man, you’ve changed. Why should I care about anything you have to say now?” “…” What is a microbiome? That’s a very good question. For a start, it’s not some artificial eco-project which is attempting to save the world or…