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…

How can escaping into virtual reality improve healthcare?

You slowly creep towards the door while being acutely aware that the slightest sound will get you caught. As you reach for the handle and steadily open the large wooden door you hear a slight creak. Suddenly, the expansive and exposed wall to your right explodes in a flurry of shrapnel, wallpaper and dust. A…

Can we modify specific stages of sleep to improve our memory?

Our memory is far from perfect. You have probably gone into another room and completely forgot what you went in there for. You stare into space and hope it will come back to you. Was it to pick up keys, tidy something or speak to someone? Nope, it just doesn’t come and you walk back…