#Cnidarians, Assemble!

It’s another picture perfect day here in Adelaide,  South Australia. Despite the fact that Autumn has been with us a few weeks now I’m getting uncomfortably hot. I’m lying on my stomach on a small marina, my face hanging over the edge and inches from the water. As is the (annoying) habit of our cat […]

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#BackToVenus

Venus is a dead world like it’s unfortunate sibling Mercury. Both planets are perilously close to our sun. Mercury lies only 58 million km from Sol and Venus is still uncomfortably close at 108.2 million km. However this cloud coated beauty orbits serenely on the very inner cusp of what astronomers call the “Goldilocks Zone”

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#DNA: What’s the Deal?

It’s 2017. We’re three sequels into a massively successful movie franchise about the dangers of science without integrity. Rebooting and endlessly recycling movies doesn’t seem to be a problem, but who cares about that? Four huge movies about science. Naughty scientists playing God. Evil money hungry corporations sacrificing principles in their endless cancer-like quest for […]

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Enzymes: Nature’s Toolbox

Enzymes blow me away, and really do speak of some kind of underlying order in the Universe. I mean, you can’t just study enzymes and their activity without thinking there’s some kind of voodoo at work. When I was young (and even occasionally in these adult years) airplanes would fill me with wonder. I mean, […]

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Insects up close

I have discovered something about myself as I get older. Bugs are really interesting. Ever since my first purchase of a cheap little macro lens for my smart phone I literally cannot resist the urge to photograph or film every bug I encounter. No, I’m not a professional photographer and I am NOT an entemologist. […]

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