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Date registered: April 11, 2012


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. Professor Anthony Russell Clarke  1959 – 2016 — July 12, 2016
  2. A Flash of Light: a popular science book written in a weekend. — July 8, 2016
  3. The Periodic Table of Element Eytmologies — June 11, 2016
  4. Halloween Chemistry: Cinder Toffee! — October 31, 2015
  5. Molecules in Minecraft — October 30, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. A letter from a chemist to homeopaths — 53 comments
  2. Professor Anthony Russell Clarke  1959 – 2016 — 43 comments
  3. ‘Anonymous’ peer-review – a cautionary tale — 24 comments
  4. The Underground Map of the Elements — 19 comments
  5. Helium for balloons but none for my NMR — 15 comments

Author's posts listings

Jul 12

Professor Anthony Russell Clarke  1959 – 2016

Anyone who has completed a doctoral thesis will testify to the almost parental like relationship a PhD supervisor has with their students. And so it is with great sadness that I heard my PhD supervisor Professor Anthony Russell Clarke, aged just 57, had passed away this week. To his friends, students and colleagues Tony Clarke …

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Jul 08

A Flash of Light: a popular science book written in a weekend.

Tweet Follow @Sci_ents Last autumn Andy Miah an I hatched a crack pot plan to write a popular science book in a weekend. With the help of authors Chris Arridge, Wendy Sadler, Giuliana Mazzoni, Benjamin Burke, Juliette McGregor, Charlotte Stephenson, Kevin Pimbblet and Akshat Rathi along with illustrators Ian Morris, Heather Holst and Liz Bryan, …

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Jun 11

The Periodic Table of Element Eytmologies

Tweet Follow @Sci_ents The seventh row of the periodic table is complete, resplendent with four new names for the elements 113, 115, 117 and 118. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (the organisation charged with naming the elements) has suggested these should be called nihonium (Nh); moscovium (Mc); tennessine (Ts) and oganesson (Og) …

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Oct 31

Halloween Chemistry: Cinder Toffee!

Tweet Follow @Sci_ents How about a spot of halloween chemistry? With nice simple explanations for the trick or treaters. Cinder toffee!! You’ll need: Sugar Golden syrup A jam/jelly thermometer Bicarbonate of soda Grease proof paper A baking tray A saucepan Safety: The toffee mix gets very hot, be careful when handling in and make sure there’s …

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Oct 30

Molecules in Minecraft

Tweet Follow @Sci_ents Tweet #MolCraft Children should be playing more computer games in school. That idea might enrage you if you think kids today already spend too much time staring at screens or if you are already sick of your offspring’s incessant prattling about fighting zombies and the like. But hear me out. Specifically, I …

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Oct 27

Review: Chemistry Sets fit for the 21st Century.

Tweet Follow @Sci_ents As a kid I loved my chemistry set. Many an afternoon was whiled away in my dad’s shed, totally ignoring the set’s instructions and randomly mixing the contents of the various bottles. To be honest I can’t really remember learning much chemistry, beyond the fact that it was possible to generate some …

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