Do you still remember the first computers and how you sent manuscripts by post? Or did you not even realise that there once was a time without Google? Check out my write-up of this session to find out how advances in technology have affected science or to enjoy a bit of nostalgia. Maybe you'd like to share your memories here?
Oxford Brookes hosted a group of students from the Oxford Academy this morning. Part of their visit involved looking at flowers, the reproductive organs in the flowers and pollen using light microscopy. This was followed by demonstrations on our research microscopes, showing them the confocal laser scanning microscopes while I demonstrated electron microscopy. this image was taken during the session and was coloured this afternoon.
One thing I enjoy about talking to and showing younger students the microscopes is the interesting questions we end up getting asked, as well as the remarkable tangents the conversations are likely to take. Ghosts was one such unexpected topic, in between talking about human parasites, cells in the eye and live images from the microscopes showing pollen. Certainly an interesting morning. :)
Guest post on the Plant Scientist blog by Stuart King.
I blogged about the workshop that I ran together with Dr Jeremy Pritchard for the Society for Experimental Biology's main meeting.
I am very passionate about making our research more accessible and interesting for everyone. I am writing a blog on http://www.plantcellbiology.com to share fascinating and entertaining articles and links about plant cell biology, plants and general science. I am especially keen on collecting engaging and visual resources, such as videos, science songs or interactive websites.
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