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Two-faced: A Prezi exploring aging

Check out the Prezi I made, below, exploring the science of sun damage and looking at changing my skin aging narrative. .prezi-player { width: 550px; } .prezi-player-links { text-align: center; } Two-faced on Prezi...

November 30, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Audio interview with `Wild' author Jay Griffiths

Jay Griffiths is the author of a wonderful book called 'Wild'. Although 'Wild' was published five years ago, it is growing in word-of-mouth popularity and has recently struck a cord with musicians, which perhaps has something to do with the lyrical and poetic quality of her writing.Earlier this year, Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien recommended 'Wild' on the Radiohead blog; Nicolai Fraiture, the bassist for The Strokes, who interviewed Jay last month; and KT Tunstall has written that 'Wild' is her favourite book and has quoted from 'Wild' in her album 'Tiger Suit'...

November 23, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Synthetic meat for thought

Vegetarian or vegan readers, would you have a problem with eating meat is the protein was grown in a lab? There would be no* animal cruelty involved, and no living breathing animals would have to die to end up on your plate...

November 18, 2011 — Christine Ottery

God species review

I wrote the following review a couple of months ago but failed to publish it. I was reminded of this when Martin Robbins asked yesterday on his Guardian blog: "Is environmentalism too left wing?" If there is one reason to read Mark Lynas’ book The God Species, it’s because of his exposition of the ‘planetary boundaries’ concept...

October 28, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Storify: Ecocide mock trial

I am liveblogging throughout the day. Please tweet me @christineottery or email me on christineottery (at) if you see anything interesting I should consider adding or have any comments on proceedings...

September 30, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Visual obsessions

In my world there is social media you enjoy using and social media you feel you have got use to push things out there (ahem... Google+). I have to confess similar feelings to academic and technology journalist Aleks Krotski when she writes in the Guardian that: "For some time now, I've been struggling with what I call "social network emotional anaemia"...

August 31, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Storify: tar sands protests

The reason for this post is out of solidarity for the protestors against the Keystone XL pipeline, and partly because I am surprised to still encounter people who don't know about the Alberta tar sands...

August 30, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Cuddly bacteria

Humble felt seems to be undergoing a bit of a crafty renaissance at the moment. Events in London include the monthly 'Get Felt Up' in the trendy Shoreditch area of London.

July 27, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Lia Ditton: Messing around on boats

Like so many interesting people, I met Lia Ditton over Twitter (where I also met my fiancé). Lia is a sailor, engineer and an artist who uses technology in rather brilliant ways.

July 12, 2011 — Christine Ottery
Welcome to Creatology

Welcome to Creatology

Creatology is an experiment in blogging about creativity and science. Welcome to our first post on the Scientific American Blog Network, which is crammed with brilliant science writers.

July 5, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Lindau Nobel Meeting--the Future of Global Health

What can be done about global health? It's the question on everyone's minds following Peter Agre's moving talk on malaria 'without borders' earlier in the week and Christian De Duve handing the baton of all the world's challenges to the young researchers in the last lecture: "Our generation has made a mess of it.....

July 3, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Lindau Nobel Meeting--The Future of Biomedicine

The future of medicine is contained in "The Four P's": Personalised, Predictive, Preventative, and Participatory. Aaron Ciechanover, speaking on a panel on the future of biomedicine at the Lindau meeting, explains: "We may have the ability to profile patients before they get sick, therefore we may have the ability to predict diseases - and also 'preventative' because if it's predictive we can also point out the risks...

June 30, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Lindau Nobel Meeting--Joke van Bemmel, Chromatin and Epigenetics

Joke van Bemmel (imagine how to say it with a Dutch accent - 'y' for 'j'), is a researcher from The Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. The enthusiastic 29-year-old van Bemmel is nearing the end of her PhD, and is currently applying to find the ideal postdoc position...

June 28, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Lindau Nobel Meeting--Beef Bug to Blame for Bowel Cancer?

Even if you adore red meat, you'll put off your big juicy steak by hearing what Harald zur Hausen has to say about it. At the 61st Lindau meeting, the Nobel laureate spoke about his current hypothesis about why beef causes colorectal cancer...

June 27, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Lindau Nobel Meeting--Stressed Mind, Stressed DNA

It was an accidental mutation of the Tetrahymena thermophila (left), a pond organism, during a lab experiment that revealed that the enzyme telomerase keeps the protective caps on the end of chromosomes long...

June 27, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Lindau Nobel Meeting--Monday's Researcher: Madhurima Benekareddy

Madhurima Benekareddy  is a 27-year-old researcher standing at the cross-roads of psychology and neuroscience. She researches the effects of trauma on the brain in its delicate stages of development, when we are children and adolescents, at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research  in Mumbai , India...

June 27, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Lindau Nobel Meeting--the Cross-Pollination of Ideas

I don’t believe you can put a price on inspiration. It is invaluable for the hundreds of medical and physiology researchers from around the world that are swooping into town for the 61st Lindau meetings in Germany...

June 24, 2011 — Christine Ottery
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