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Innocent Questions

My daughter demanded I draw another comic, so I’m sharing with you this macabre moment of innocent deduction, which invited some reflection on why we care so deeply for the bodies of our dead.

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The Bacterial Cutting Board – What’s Actually Going On In My Stomach?

I am a biologist, and I love to tell my kids about the ways their bodies work, including how fascinating it is that millions of strange little organisms live inside their gut and help with the digestion of their food. It’s … Continue reading

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Trying to Apply Intuition to Physics

I sympathise. How can anything be smaller than a really tight squeeze? Unfathomable. It’s interesting how our perception, which is quite useful for observing phenomena happening at our scale, gets bent over backward and whirled around when we try to apply … Continue reading

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Extreme Nature Spells – When Scientists’ Kids Fight

Thanks to their tireless search for the ultimate things in life (that is, the constant bombardment with questions like ‘What’s the smallest thing you know of in the whole world?’ and ‘What is the hottest thing you know?’) kids are … Continue reading

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Seven Reasons Why You Really Don’t Want to Have Measles

In light of the current measles epidemics spreading in Europe, I wanted to visit some of the main concerns with the disease, and the reasons we very fervently want to put a stop to its spread. Seven reasons to make … Continue reading

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Research On Infant Feeding Favours Having Options: Breast and Bottle

After the introduction of modern formula in the mid-20th century, for a time in the developed world, breastfeeding was almost shunned upon. Today the balance is well shifted and breastfeeding is recommended to all mothers who are able to do so. … Continue reading

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On Barbapapas, Young Minds, and Energy Technologies

And now for something completely different: in a lighter tone, let’s look at what children’s books might be teaching my kids about science and technology. Start ’em young! Being a parent of little kids I find myself thinking more about how … Continue reading

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