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A science blog covering everything from astronomy to zoology with a special emphasis on chemical sciences, environment, materials, nano, pharma, and physics



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I’ve mentioned burying beetles before. They’re a type of beetle its not a morbid hobby, by the way! These insects drag dead rodents and other animals underground, lay their eggs in them and the larvae as they hatch have a ready-meal to di...

@EstOdek on Twitter asked her followers a simple-seeming question What did you want to be when you were a kid? And what are you now? Her answer to kickstart the thread: I wanted to be a professional rugby player or boxer. I’m now an antibody select...

The Spate Gatherers

on Mar 19, 2019

I was raised in the picturesque fishing village of Cullercoats on the North East coast of England at the southern edge of the ancient county of Northumberland. NEVER MIND THE WAFFLE, JUMP STRAIGHT TO THE SONG I recently caught sight of an intriguing...

We heard an over-wintering Chiffchaff (at RSPB Titchwell on New Year’s Day this year, but today (18th March) I’ve just heard and seen the first one that has migrated from Africa for the summer. It was calling with its plaintive, sound-of-...

Here’s a shot of the waxing gibbous moon I just snapped from our bedroom window. It was just after 5pm. Camera settings: 600mm lens, f 9.5, t 1/1000s ISO 200, ev -1. Sigma 150-600mm lens handheld with no image stabilisation on Canon 6D full fra...

Savour the scent of violets for too long and the smell will eventually fade. In fact, you won’t be able to smell anything for a while after until the chemicals, ionone, that give violets their scent has dissipated. The combination of α-ionone...

Later early moths

on Mar 15, 2019

Previously, I posted about some of the early moths (early in the year, that is, as opposed to Early Moths, a species of that name) that have been attracted to the actinic light of the trap. On the evening of the 14th March 2019, it was relatively unc...