Category Archives: Science Is Vital

The Cupcakes of Mitosis

Tomorrow, Crox Minor is having a bake sale in aid of her favourite charity Children of Peace. This afternoon she and Mrs Crox made loads of cupcakes … some of them on the theme of mitosis. Here are two cupcakes, … Continue reading

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Sits Vac

One or other of you might be interested to know that a well-known weekly professional science magazine beginning with N is seeking a locum evolution and ecology editor to cover paternity leave for a 6-7 month period starting this June. … Continue reading

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Squishy

When a colleague of Mrs Crox learned that Crox Minor (15) wanted to go to medical school and study to be a surgeon, the colleague recommended that Crox Minor read Brain Matters: Adventures of a Brain Surgeon. So she did, … Continue reading

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Apples for Sir Isaac

You might remember (either of you) that last summer I paid a visit to the old Norwich Fire Station, which was, back then, just about to be converted into the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, a sixth-form college devoted to … Continue reading

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All I Want For Christmas

It’s now awfully fashionable to compile lists of things to see or do before you die. These lists are called Bucket Lists, presumably for the colloquialism in which ‘kicking the bucket’ means ‘die’ (qv. ‘bought the farm’, ‘flensed the ferret’, … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal for the Improvement of Conferences

I am at a coffee break at a conference and a person of a certain age has just engaged me in conversation – having mistaken me for someone else, having been unable to read my name badge. The badges are … Continue reading

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Don’t Shoot the Messenger – a Guest Post from Brian Clegg

A few days ago my friend Mr B. C. of Swindon, for it is he, let me erupt onto his blog concerning the scientific illiteracy one finds in the desert that is televisual emission. Today I return the compliment, and … Continue reading

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Psoriasis

Time was when I thought psoriasis was an obscure pharaoh, possibly one of the late and degenerate Ptolemies. Or possibly a small town in Kansas (pop. 207). Until I got it myself. I’d had infantile eczema until the age of … Continue reading

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Bodies

Crox Minor (15), who has just gotten three GCSE examinations out of the way (all with A*s, I might add), and is embarking on a lot more this year, wants to be a surgeon. She has her heart set on … Continue reading

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Cake

Earlier today the Croxii collectively attended my sister’s birthday party, which was held at her family’s beach hut on Cromer West Beach (the déclassé end of Cromer, if you ask me, but we’ll let that pass) Cromer West Beach, earlier … Continue reading

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