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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. It’s time science reclaimed health food from the quacks — April 18, 2015
  2. A letter from a chemist to homeopaths — April 14, 2015
  3. The Disney Periodic Table: Clever Hook or Abomination? — March 27, 2015
  4. New manufacturer of NMR instruments to enter the market — January 19, 2015
  5. How LCDs work — November 10, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. A letter from a chemist to homeopaths — 35 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

Apr 18

It’s time science reclaimed health food from the quacks


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents   I’m not quite sure what came over me, I’d set out in search of a beer and a burger. But somehow ended up in a juice bar wolfing down falafel, quaffing a cucumber, celery, ginger smoothie and sprinkling sweet potato chips with some strange pink salt. And it was good. Really, …

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Apr 14

A letter from a chemist to homeopaths


Tweet Dear Homeopaths, Homeopathy awareness week is here again. And I’ve got some questions about this most popular of alternative therapies. The answers to which I’d very much like to be aware of. Homeopathy, as I understand it (please correct me if I’m wrong), is based on a idea that ‘like cures like’. So if your …

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Mar 27

The Disney Periodic Table: Clever Hook or Abomination?


We’ve all seen the plethora of faux periodic tables. I’ve ranted written about them before. And now Disney (not content with trying to taking ownership of every  story ever) has chipped in with its own version of the periodic table. At least it resembles the original, all the symbols are their, numbered correctly and laid out …

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Jan 19

New manufacturer of NMR instruments to enter the market


With the exit of Agilent from the NMR instrument market there’s a gap that is in desperate need of filling. Now it looks like a rather unusual group is considering plugging the hole. The company, usual associated with construction but also happens to be the largest manufacture of tyres in the world, is conducting a …

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Nov 10

How LCDs work


A little video I put together to explain how liquid crystal displays work, using pasta, stair gates, wool, a hair dryer and some polarizing filters.

Nov 03

How the infamous Yellow Rain investigation has foresaw a drug delivery innovation


By Mark Lorch, University of Hull The history of science is full of episodes when a seemingly ludicrous theory is ridiculed, but then slowly gathers evidence and support to move from the fringes to the heart of the scientific consensus. Examples include Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, the theory of plate tectonics that …

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