Dancing to the tune of your gut bacteria

Sometimes I learn things in science that just sound so damn cool that I track down the original papers and get obsessed. And I mean obsessed to the level that I spend a week neglecting human interaction and personal hygiene, hunched over my computer devouring information at the speed of the all-powerful interwebs. One such obsession-inducing … More Dancing to the tune of your gut bacteria

Can obesity be infectious? … Nerdy musings as the countdown to (relative) unemployment begins!

Today is the official start of my last month at work… SIMULTANEOUS “YAHOO” AND “EEEEEERMAGHERD”! One month left of academic insanity, oddball scientists, brain-twisting theories, and mysterious substances found in unlabelled bottles. The impending end is starting to make me reminisce about the reasons I love (and sometimes hate) this career. Science isn’t a place … More Can obesity be infectious? … Nerdy musings as the countdown to (relative) unemployment begins!

What is ‘brain-drain’?

The reason for this whole shebang is a problem called ‘brain-drain’ – the large-scale emigration of skilled and educated people out of certain countries. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs did a bit of statistical digging in 2013 and published a report called ‘World Migration in Figures‘. They say that brain-drain is particularly high in certain areas of Africa, … More What is ‘brain-drain’?