Her stomach gurgles, her belly quivers, Her eyes dart round, her body shivers, Her blood is pumping, pupils dilating, Her brain firing signals, neurons pulsating. “I’m hungry” she says, stomping her feet, Her hands curled in fists, her cheeks pink with heat, Her blood sugars low, her brain senses the threat, Hypoglycaemic, she’s getting … Continue reading A poetic foray into digestion
This morning, a guide, Javier and myself set out into the forest to set up my project. I need 12 transects (straight lines that I use to mark where I will collect my data) in both primary and secondary forest. We found suitable areas with plenty of space and started to set these up, however, … Continue reading 22-02-2018 Menstruation Magic
I want to preface this post with a reality check: We live in the rainforest, in Ecuador, near an Indigenous Community, at a research station, on a river bank, in wooden huts, without a car, without a boat (more importantly), with just each other, in the jungle. Like if you saw our location on a … Continue reading 20-02-2018 Monotony
It's a quiet day at the station today. Only Heather and I are here so we have complete freedom to do what we like when we like. This freedom only really extends to when we eat, usually with more people at the station mealtimes are regular and we take it in turns to cook each … Continue reading 17-02-2018 The ups and the downs
For those of you who have got the impression that so far my time in Ecuador has mostly been exploring, lying in a hammock and swimming, you're wrong. Well, half wrong. Okay, just a little bit wrong, we have been doing a lot of that. But there's a much more serious side to our life … Continue reading Why We’re Here – The Research
A very interesting read, Kathleen sheds light on a new perspective with which to view the world around us. This book explores the fascinating scientific research around Parasitology and introduces the idea that parasites may be the secret puppeteers of behaviour that we didn't know existed. THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON PARASITES appeals to all … Continue reading This is your brain on Parasites – Kathleen McAuliffe
According to a Danish study, babies born via C-section are more likely to be hospitalised more frequently and develop immune disorders such as asthma, allergies and diabetes. The exact cause of this isn't clear, and the operation itself is not likely to be the direct cause of these effects, so what could it be? Recent … Continue reading C-section babies 40% more likely to develop Asthma
Whether we are likely to cheat or not is (partly) written in our genes. The media promotes sexual promiscuity and freedom as empowering and contemporary, however it turns out that people can be either monogomous or polygamous. Alot of people will fall into one of the two categories; either you form deep attachments to people … Continue reading The promiscuity gene
Well yes, they are actually. Do I still love them? Yes, they're pretty and yummy. This post is about increasing awareness rather than personally condemning everyone that drinks (myself included) and just hopefully inspiring people to ask a few more questions and take the issue a little bit more seriously. One quick comment before I … Continue reading Are cocktails giving you brain damage?
Next time you're deciding whether to go for full fat or low fat, go full fat. Studies have shown that while low-fat alternatives have less calories, they're actually worse for our waist line and heart in the long run due to the increased amount of sugars. Plus fat is actually pretty good for you! In this post I describe why a high-fat, low-carb diet is better for your health, my sources are scientific journals and the New Scientist ❤
It's so important nowadays to evaluate all the information you learn in the media and think about what bias it has. We're over-exposed in this world to too much information and unless you know how to sort through it all, process it correctly and learn about the dangers, it could really affect your life in a bad way. This post is about learning how to learn in today's crazy world and how important it is to be aware of all the influences you're under so you can make your own informed decisions.
To edit or not to edit? Science is making major advances by the second, and with all this new-found power and knowledge comes responsibility, but where do we draw the line? As with subjects like Law and Philosophy, science is having to answer a difficult question along a very thin line; and us black and … Continue reading Power and responsibility – the CRISPR debate