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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. There’s something interesting brewing… — May 27, 2015
  2. A tale of a tired lecture course. Flip it. — May 19, 2015
  3. Campaign for Clear Code starts here! — May 8, 2015
  4. What has Chemistry got to say? — May 5, 2015
  5. Reagent pencils, turning chemistry into child’s play — April 30, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. A letter from a chemist to homeopaths — 46 comments
  2. ‘Anonymous’ peer-review – a cautionary tale — 23 comments
  3. The Underground Map of the Elements — 19 comments
  4. Helium for balloons but none for my NMR — 15 comments
  5. Space dinosaurs, the saga continues — 14 comments

Author's posts listings

May 27

There’s something interesting brewing…


There’s something interesting brewing over at the Royal Society of Chemistry. They’ve been beavering away trying to figure out what the (UK) public thinks for chemistry, chemicals and chemists. Results are out on Monday 1st June via a live-stream. Be sure to tune in and join in the conversation on twitter with the #Chemperceptions hashtag. And …

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May 19

A tale of a tired lecture course. Flip it.


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents It dawned on me that no one cared. The proteins that I found so fascinating just didn’t seem to intrigue them as much as they did me. I thought the video of water molecules flipping as they passed through the channel of aquaporin was marvellous. But it hardly gleaned a reaction from …

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May 08

Campaign for Clear Code starts here!


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents I’m concerned about the software that’s installed on my electronic devices. You should be worried as well. Have you really considered what you are opening yourself up to every time you download a new app or install an upgrade? Have you thought about what all those faceless software giants are doing with the …

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May 05

What has Chemistry got to say?


The XKCD comics have been keeping me entertained and informed for years. But sadly, in the latest comic, Chemistry seems rather quiet. So how about some suggestions for the next panel, where Chemistry finds a voice? Tweet Follow @Sci_ents  

Apr 30

Reagent pencils, turning chemistry into child’s play


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents If you’ve ever sat opposite a doctor and wondered what she was scribbling on her notepad, the answer may soon not only be medical notes on your condition, but real-time chemical preparations for an instant diagnostic test. Thanks to the work of a team of researchers from California Polytechnic State University, recently …

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Apr 29

The Food Babe quiz. Can you tell Vani Hari quotes from other irrational nonsense?


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents By now I’m sure you’ve all seen the ravings of Vani Hari a.k.a. Food Babe. Her one women campaign to spread fear through nonsense has netted her (in)fame, fortune and influence. Not to mention a pretty strong back lash from the rational side of the internet. So to test if you’ve been paying …

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