Tag: research

Banning the microbeads!

By Camilla Bertolini @CamiBe90 We have been recently hearing about microbeads and the microbead ban on the news. But you may still wonder “what is a microbead?” Microbeads are defined as manufactured solid plastic particles (polyethylene, polypropylene or polystyrene) of less than five millimeters in their largest dimension. They can be found in exfoliating beauty […]

Can fear control ecosystems?

        By Camilla Bertolini @CamiBe90 “We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality” – Seneca Now, imagine you are in the middle of a forest and you hear wolves howling in the distance, the noise getting closer and closer – your heart is probably […]

Deep under the sea…

By Natasha Phillips @SunfishResearch sunfishresearch.wordpress.com   “Up on the shore they work all day/  Out in the sun they slave away/  While we devotin’/  Full time to floatin’/  Under the sea”. Wise words from Sebastian the crab, courtesy of Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’, which have stuck with me far longer than most useful information, but perfectly […]

Biochemistry: what it is, what it is not and why it is important

By David Timson   “So what do you teach at Queen’s?”  “Biochemistry.”  There follows an awkward silence.  The questioner usually then says something like “Oh” or “That must be hard” before walking away.  Occasionally you get nicer (if wildly inaccurate) responses:  an estate agent told me that I “must be the smartest person” she had […]

Just a Technician?

By Emma Gorman         @emmsyg1 I have been a technician based at Queen’s Marine Lab in Portaferry spanning a period of 5 years, and working between two very different research projects. In my time at Queen’s I’ve been very privileged to work with a group of colleagues who appreciate the work that […]

You’re not in the lab???

                          By Fiona Lavelle @fi_lavelle There is no way I would have ever believed I could have been a desk based researcher (studying cooking skills – are people forgetting how to cook?), scratch that, desk based at all. With a strong background in […]

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