3 Minutes of Fame

Where are all the quarks? Am I what I eat? What has the large hadron collider done for me? I learned the answer to all these questions and more competing in Fame Lab UK this month. Fame Lab is an international science communication competition which challenges participants to present a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths concept in an entertaining way in just three minutes. Piece of cake right? In early February I went along to a workshop at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry to find out more.

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Outrunning cancer?

Today I actually managed to drag myself out of bed for a run in the early morning sunshine. I spotted quite a few fellow runners braving the cold, but it’s not just humans who’ve been pacing it out lately. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and other institutions have been running mice on wheels to try to understand how exercise can help to fight cancer, and it looks like the immune system is at play again.

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Think Big, look small

Over the past couple of months I have been writing and recording a video explaining our lab’s research as part of a faculty video series. It’s been great fun thinking about ways to put our work in perspective. I especially enjoyed watching Lizzie turn my stick figure scribbled ideas into fantastic illustrations. A big thank you to the University of Manchester Faculty of Life Science Minute Lecture Team for their work getting this organised! If you want to hear more about the work that’s going on in our lab check out the Davis lab website.  I’ll let the video speak for itself, enjoy.