Category Archives: Science

I am an AWSM psychic

Nostradamus has nothing on me. Following is a collection of my bestest predictions, as tweeted this morning under the #notNostradamus hashtag. Someone will says something slightly offensive and the media will blow it out of all proportion. Today Tonight and … Continue reading

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Pain – does it measure up?

In medical research, we have a problem with studying physical pain. It is difficult to find a way of measuring it that is not subjective. How do we measure how people feel pain? The most common way is by asking … Continue reading

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Correspondence with Barry O’Farrell on #protectresearch

Dear Barry O’Farrell MP, Thank you so much for your lovely letter. It is nice to know that the State Government is thinking of each and every NSW citizen paid by the government.  I did not understand all of it, … Continue reading

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#Protectresearch

I would like to do a post on this hashtag, #protectresearch, without sounding needy, whining and desperate but I’m not sure I can manage that. I’ll do my best. I have been employed doing medical research continuously without a break … Continue reading

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EXTRA! EXTRA! How do you read all about it?

No judgement calls here, just presenting the facts. And a pie chart. Let’s imagine two fairly intelligent people who share a house. Let’s call them R1 and R2 ( to be totally non-ageist and non-sexist). Both these people like to … Continue reading

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Micro Art #2 Little artery

This is a very unusual image of a piece of synovium (the lining of the knee joint) cut through a blood vessel crossing the width of the section. It is stained with haematoxlin and eosin (the nuclei of the cells … Continue reading

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You need an operation? We need an NBN.

People, please get a grip. If you have no idea what the NBN is, please don’t comment on it, you just look really ignorant and/or stupid. If you think the only use for a high speed high throughput internet connection … Continue reading

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I write with my right hand

Let’s get this out in the open right from the start. 10-25% of people (depending on where you source the stats) cannot immediately tell their left from their right. I am one of them. There is no correlation of lack … Continue reading

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Micro Art #1 Tendon near bone.

The image above is a normal piece of sheep shoulder tendon, not far from where the tendon attaches to the bone of the shoulder blade, magnified about 400 times. The “eyes” you can see are cells with a diameter of … Continue reading

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Eye, eye, eye! Stand back or be blurry.

Once upon a time, in a university far far away, the sensory perception experts in the psychology department clambered for me to come and help them with their visual stimulation experiments. I sat with my face pressed against big eyepieces … Continue reading

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