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Mark

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Date registered: April 11, 2012

Biography

Mark Lorch has PhD in biochemist and is a lecture at the University of Hull, UK. As well as research, teaching and blogging he can sometimes be found 'science busking' on the streets of Yorkshire. Sometimes his favourite tricks end up in his blogs. Oh, and he tweets @sci_ents.

Latest posts

  1. Hack your inkjet printer and turn it into a lab robot — September 16, 2014
  2. Major fire destroys Nottingham University’s new GSK labs — September 12, 2014
  3. Is the Coop bank fishing for an anti-science cause? — June 27, 2014
  4. Food for the souls of the most hungry — June 19, 2014
  5. Making sense of chemical stories — May 23, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. ‘Anonymous’ peer-review – a cautionary tale — 20 comments
  2. Helium for balloons but none for my NMR — 15 comments
  3. The Underground Map of the Elements — 14 comments
  4. Space dinosaurs, the saga continues — 14 comments
  5. Bloggers are time wasters — 13 comments

Author's posts listings

Sep 16

Hack your inkjet printer and turn it into a lab robot


If you stop and think about it for a moment, you will realise what an astonishing feat of precision engineering your colour printer is. It can take the primary colours – cyan, yellow, magenta and black – and mix them together carefully enough to achieve more than a million different hues and shades. Not only …

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Sep 12

Major fire destroys Nottingham University’s new GSK labs


Nottingham University, last night, lost its new chemistry building in what has been described as a ‘major fire‘. The building which has been part fund GSK was still under construction, so thankfully no-one injured. Pictures posted on twitter show the building engulfed with flames. However firefighters have brought the blaze under control, and no other …

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Jun 27

Is the Coop bank fishing for an anti-science cause?


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The Cooperative bank has had its troubles of late, mismanagement, scandal ridden executives and massive debts have seen an the organisation that prided itself on its ethical policy forced to reevaluate its self image. At the moment it takes a stance, both through its investments and the customers its accepts, that supports communities, tackles povety, …

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Jun 19

Food for the souls of the most hungry


Antibiotic resistance

I’ve just come back from the Cheltenham Science Festival. It was a truly inspiring week of educating and entertaining science, maths and technology. Insights direct from Richard Dawkins (he didn’t claim he wanted to kill Santa), to  mesmerising talks from Sean Carroll, and the hugely entertaining Famelab final (a world wide science communication competition were contestants get 3 …

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May 23

Making sense of chemical stories


SAS - Natural vs. Man-Made Toxicity FINAL (1)

Discussions on chemophobia (or whatever you want to call it) is a perennial favourite on chemistry blogs. But the conversation rarely extends out of our echo chamber. But now Sense about Science have joined the discussion with the publication of a guide entitled  Making Sense of Chemical Stories. Sense about Science is a respected charitable …

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May 18

The Rules


Here at chemistry-blog we feel the need for a sacred text setting out the etiquette to be followed by chemicals scientists everywhere. Henceforth these shall be known as The Rules (an idea blatantly stolen for cyclists), and they shall set us apart from those that peddle particles or organisms. The Rules have been distilled from precedents and …

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