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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. How LCDs work — November 10, 2014
  2. How the infamous Yellow Rain investigation has foresaw a drug delivery innovation — November 3, 2014
  3. Peer Reviewed Play List — October 1, 2014
  4. The Minecraft Chemistry Challenge — September 26, 2014
  5. Hack your inkjet printer and turn it into a lab robot — September 16, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. ‘Anonymous’ peer-review – a cautionary tale — 22 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

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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Oct 01

Peer Reviewed Play List


It’s probably no news to most of use that puns, quotes and lyrics crop  up on a fairly regular bases in titles of research papers. But scientists making humorous and cultural references in their published work does appear to be news in some quarters. A group of Swedish scientist have caught the medias with their 17 …

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Sep 26

The Minecraft Chemistry Challenge


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Minecraft is an truly awesome game. Think of it as digital lego set in a infinitely explorable world. But its real draw is that is encourages creativity on so many level. Players can build what they like, but also the code is open source, allowing creative coders to fiddle with rules and resources in the game. The …

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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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