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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. Curiosity and distress — December 8, 2017
  2. The Secret Science of Superheroes — the origin story — October 5, 2017
  3. The Underground Map of the Elements – now with Nh, Mc, Ts & Og — December 3, 2016
  4. Does stainless steel really get rid of garlic smells? Round 2. — November 24, 2016
  5. Professor Anthony Russell Clarke  1959 – 2016 — July 12, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. A letter from a chemist to homeopaths — 54 comments
  2. Professor Anthony Russell Clarke  1959 – 2016 — 44 comments
  3. ‘Anonymous’ peer-review – a cautionary tale — 24 comments
  4. The Underground Map of the Elements — 21 comments
  5. Space dinosaurs, the saga continues — 15 comments

Author's posts listings

Dec 08

Curiosity and distress


Tweet Follow @mark_lorch I had a particularly low period during my post-doc career, nothing seemed to be working.  The days of failed experiments stretched into weeks and then months, with no end is site. About that time I came across a quote (from the zoologist Marston Bates), that mirrored my mode Research is the process of …

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Oct 05

The Secret Science of Superheroes — the origin story


Tweet Follow @mark_lorch Remember that League of Extraordinary Scientists? You know, the one’s that wrote a book about superheroes in a weekend. Well their Herculean efforts have come to fruition. The Secret Science of Superheroes (published by the Royal Society of Chemistry) is out now and this is what it is where it came from … …

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Dec 03

The Underground Map of the Elements – now with Nh, Mc, Ts & Og


Tweet Follow @mark_lorch What with the names of the four latest elements being confirmed I thought it time I updated the original Underground Map of the Elements. So here it is resplendent with nihomium, moscovium, organesson and tennessine! Enjoy Link to PDF version.

Nov 24

Does stainless steel really get rid of garlic smells? Round 2.


Follow @mark_lorch Follow @yorkshirechem Some time ago we put the old wives’ tale that stainless steel gets rid of garlic whiffs to the test. The results were inconclusive and with hindsight the control probably wasn’t ideal. So we are having another go, this time with the backing of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a consortium of chemistry …

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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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