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Meet the new must-have pet

Victoria Metcalf Oct 20, 2015

*Please see end of post for details of an incentivised research survey on science blogs we’d love you to participate in. I have a crazily adorable house bunny called Acorn, who is about to become a celeb-bunny on another Sciblogs site. Acorn is exponentially more lovely than our previous rabbit, Daisy, who came to us second-hand and possibly treated sub-optimally. Read More

Death by outline

Victoria Metcalf Jul 03, 2015

Source: Wikimedia Commons, uploaded by le L.E. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apr%C3%A8s_un_meurtre.JPG When you watch the news do the presenters first grab your attention by saying: “First we’re going to show you the top headlines in priority order. Then we’ll show you a trivial item or two, followed by the sports section, then the weather, before we wrap it … Read More

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Making the impenetrable penetrable- science articles as videos

Victoria Metcalf Jun 19, 2015

  I love writing, especially blog posts, as they’re my chance to be creative – to have a voice. I invest a lot of me in everything I write, but if you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll be well aware of that already. I started blogging because I felt oppressed and without a creative outlet; yet I … Read More

Triple S rated- sex, salmon and scicomm

Victoria Metcalf Mar 06, 2015

Milking male salmon- it’s all in the hand hold. A long time ago in a place not so far away, a young research scientist spent several weeks each colour-changing autumn ejaculating male salmon for their rich, milky sperm. It certainly wasn’t your everyday job and it wasn’t all as glamorous as it perhaps sounds. In fact it was about … Read More

Rise of the rocurs

Victoria Metcalf Jan 30, 2015

Rotation curation Twitter sites are rewarding both for curators and readers. Image source: http://www.epa.gov/win/winnews/images05/0510keyboard.gif via Wikimedia Commons. Happy New Year to everyone. Mine was actually spent not in the happiest way, listening to the revelry whilst desperately seeking sleep within the confines of a completely not soundproof tent in Kaikoura. Struck down with a nasty gastro bug for two … Read More

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Sexism, shirts, Sutton and saying goodbye

Victoria Metcalf Dec 09, 2014

Sexism is rife in academia and leads to many leaving academic careers. Last week I worked my last day as an academic at Lincoln University, the disestablishment of my position in the protracted restructuring process officially complete. It’s time for a new chapter in what has been a pretty ugly year. Now I start on an adventure into an … Read More

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Time to get fuzzy about penguins – #voteAdelie Part 1

Victoria Metcalf Nov 23, 2014

How can anyone resist voting for this cutie in the annual Bird of the Year campaign?   Penguins captivate us human-folk. They’re one of those animals that just oozes natural charisma. It’s largely because they appear so like us with their upright stance and their dinner suited attire, their sometimes funky ‘hairstyles’ and their mannerisms that seem just so … Read More

Chasing a comet- totally newsworthy so why isn’t it top billing? or best shirt-worthy?

Victoria Metcalf Nov 14, 2014

Welcome to a comet. Photo by European Space Agency taken by Philae. Philae may have bounced off the comet before landing, but it was the local media lack of focus on this event that had the real lack of thrust. This week has seen a truly epic event in human history. It’s an incredible week for space exploration and … Read More

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