By Paulo Szwarc, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil
Following the Oscars 2018 Best Picture award to Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, a weird thought probably navigates our minds: what if we had scales instead of skin? No? Maybe it’s just a crazy thought I had while observing the movie’s creepy yet astonishing “monster”, an amphibian/fish-looking humanoid looking straight out of a Lovecraft story. But let’s delve deeper into that idea, just for fun. Fish have scales for protection against other predators, offering a resistant layer that can impede easy biting from bigger fish.
Continue reading Your scales look awfully fishy
By Helen Albert, Editor
The distinction between art and science hasn’t always been as stark as the modern perception would have you believe. Early astronomers, mathematicians, inventors and biologists would have seen artistic work as an important part of their investigations. But as C. P. Snow pointed out in his infamous “two cultures” essay, the 20th century saw a movement towards specialisation and thus a segregation of the disciplines. However, in recent years the value of creativity and a different mindset in tackling scientific problems has been re-discovered.
Continue reading The motivation to experiment – an art and science exchange
By Megan De Ste Croix, Department of Genetic and Genome Biology, University of Leicester, UK
There are some negatives to working in academia, the fixed term contracts, the alarming high workload and the scarily low level of grant success for outrageously qualified candidates. However sometimes an outside perspective can show you a side you didn’t realise was there, or perhaps took for granted.
Continue reading The lovely side of social media
By Emma Sykes, Science Policy Officer, Biochemical Society and the Royal Society of Biology
For our first Policy Lunchbox of the year we welcomed Naomi Weir, Deputy Director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, CaSE, who led a highly animated discussion on the Government’s new Industrial Strategy and how we, the life science sector can make the most of it.
Continue reading Making the most of the Industrial Strategy