Category: Science

My Old Maths Lecturer is a Star

I just had a moment of absolute star-shock. No, I didn’t randomly encounter a celebrity, but I did run into my MATH1040 lecturer from my first year of my science degree.


Soil Surgery

My bottle-o-nitrogen, wired up with the probes.

So, for those of you who don’t know, I’m currently working through my honours year in Plant Science at The University of Queensland. I’m a little over halfway through, and with a few months to go, I’m starting a new experimental series – looking for different forms of nitrogen in agricultural soils, using a neat system called microdialysis. These systems are generally used in fields of research unrelated to plants and soil – namely animal physiology and neuroscience (as demonstrated by the helpful instruction manual describing the process of inserting probes into rats). Instead of inserting probes into a rat’s brain,...


Hello, Autoclave

Metallic, chunky machines freak me out. Who knows why – some traumatic childhood experience maybe – but they do. So when I met Mr Autoclave this week, I kinda had a moment.