1st SETAC science slam across the pond

It’s been almost two months since my post about the science slam in SETAC Nantes (video of the whole show included—check it out!). If you got any ideas from that, you should know that it’s happening again soon in Orlando. It has now been three years of successful science slams for SETAC Europe. In exactly…

Science slam: Enjoy learning science

A year ago I introduced some of you to the science slam world through my application. It’s about time to tell you about the consequences of that. In April 2015, I performed in a special session of a scientific congress. The aim of that session was to present our work in a way that it…

Posters at scientific congresses

A year ago I posted about scientific congresses, where researchers share their results. I mentioned posters and today they’re getting the post they deserve. Last Monday I showed two posters at the SETAC congress in Nantes. Scientists present our results in poster format for different reasons. First situation is when we aim at an oral…

‘The Colour of Magic’

PRATCHETT, Terry. The Colour of Magic. 1983. ‘On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There’s an avaricious but inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and…

The chemistry of wine – 1

It’s been five years since my masters analysing polyphenols–antioxidant compounds–in wine. This year I’m publishing a series of posts on the winemaking process and its chemistry. Winemaking consists on several steps. In this series titled The chemistry of wine, winemaking is divided into twelve steps, seven of which include chemical transformations. Notice that chemical does…

Chemists conspiracy: all drinks are the same alcohol

For many, alcohol is just what you drink instead of water—you should reconsider your habits. But have you ever wondered what an alcohol molecule looks like? You might have heard of etanol or ethyl alcohol; both names for the alcohol in drinks. But what is alcohol chemically speaking? Alcohols are organic compounds with an –OH…

‘Ten Little Aliens’

COLE, Stephen. Ten Little Aliens. 2002. ‘Deep in the heart of a hollowed-out moon the First Doctor finds a chilling secret: ten alien corpses, frozen in time at the moment of their death. […] But is the same force that killed them still lurking in the dark? And what are its plans for the people…

Let’s save the water ecosystems

This has been the busiest autumn ever for me. And you are to blame. ‘You’ meaning any living creature on Earth, but mainly humans as the source of the problem. For the last three months I’ve had a huge load of work from three research projects. They all study chemical pollution in water and its…