Profile


All Posts

It’s time for men to stop speaking for women and their bodies
Stop burning your bras, ladies. Delete your angry tampon-tax tweets and cash in your unequal pay checks, because feminism is dead. That’s right, as of March 2016, feminism has been declared as over. Caput. That is, if you take Piers Morgan’s word as kosher. Last week, eternal fountain of wisdom and messiah of women's rights Piers Morgan...
Another unremarkable Budget for energy and the environment Kettle Mag, Lindsay Dodgson, science, policy, politics, budget, environment, energy, renewable, green,
Another year, another unconvincing energy plan from George Osborne. This week, the Chancellor unveiled a Budget that supposedly “puts the next generation first", full of tax breaks for the rich and cuts to benefits for the poor. Without any real hope, I watched to find out what exactly the Tories are going to be doing...
The search for food forges an alliance between hyenas and wolves Kettle Mag, Lindsay Dodgson, science, research, zoology, animals, hyena, wolf, predator
In the face of harsh conditions, animals have been known to team up and help each other out. This can occur by symbiosis, such as when birds pick the food from the teeth of crocodiles, or parasites from a hippo’s back. It can also take the form of an alliance between two creatures that appear...
How sexual harassment harms female brains Kettle Mag, Lindsay Dodgson, science, research, brains, rats, sexual assault, harassment, study, university, ptsd, mental health
The brain is a delicate, complex thing. Too much of one chemical or too little of another can throw everything out of whack, leading to debilitating illnesses like depression, anxiety and stress. One traumatic experience in life can have undeterminable consequences on someone, which can pop up unexpectedly after being repressed for decades. When a...
The reaction to Formation shows just how scared of equality white men can be
Pro-black does not mean anti-white. Just as supporting gay marriage doesn’t mean you object to straight marriage. Just as feminists do not hate men. People are scared of black pride for the same reason they fear feminism; embracing a shift towards equality means giving up some of the privilege that you’ve enjoyed for centuries because of the...
Vaccination beliefs are another reason Trump is dangerous Vaccination, belief, Donald Trump, dangerous, US, politics, world, racism, science, health, Kettle Mag, Lindsay Dodgson
God help America. I’m not going to add to the barrage of Donald Trump racism related articles, because everyone is sick of hearing about his beliefs, and the incoherent mess that comes out his mouth is shunned by plenty of people already. Shocking ignorance in politics What initially worried me about his campaign was how...
Taxonomy: The methodical but vital job of naming animals taxonomy, species, naming, methodical, vital, job, animals, science, Kettle Mag, Lindsay Dodgson
The rules that make a species a species aren’t exactly set in stone. Taxonomists are constantly bickering over classifications of the animals they study; some say that two moths that look very similar might be the same species, while others argue they are sub-species or even of an entirely different kind altogether. These disputes are...
Wanting to have a child is nobody’s business but yours
Like many others, I was elated to hear that ten British women are set to receive womb transplants. That’s not because I have any desire just yet to have children; I do not. In fact, anyone that knows me is familiar with my uncomfortableness around them; small, sticky, and loud, they kind of make my...
Dementia research is getting some of the recognition it deserves Lindsay Dodgson, Kettlemag, brain, dementia
Research into brain diseases like dementia are getting the recognition they deserve over the past month. Degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s are being studied more thoroughly than ever before in the hope that a cure or a preventative treatment will be found. Advances in Huntington's Scientists at Cardiff University believe they are now much closer...
Twinkles, wind and dark matter Lindsay Dodgson, Kettlemag, Dark Matter
Dark matter confuses me. In fact, a great deal about theoretical and experimental physics confuses me, but I find it completely fascinating. In an attempt to rectify the gaping hole in my knowledge and feel like I was stepping into Sheldon’s world on The Big Bang Theory, I sought out some answers from a real...
Forget the manhunt and focus on the sexism Lindsay Dodgson, kettlemag, women in science
I was fortunate enough to have completed my science journalism Master's degree at City University this year, and to have been taught by one of the most ballsy and formidable science journalists in the world. Yes, she’s female, and yes, she recently outed a Nobel laureate as an ignorant sexist. I’m talking about Connie St...
The complexities in space engineering Philae, space, science, Lindsay Dodgson, Kettle Mag
Reliability, cleanliness and extreme environment. These are three aspects of space engineering that are worlds away from anything that is built for use on Earth. When you’re driving your car and something goes wrong, you usually break down. You ring the breakdown service and help will come to your aid in up to a few...
Transplant surgery has come a long way Kettlemag, Lindsay Dodgson, heart, anatomy, heart drawing
Transplant surgery of some sort has been around since 1908. A French surgeon named Alexis Carrel thought up the method of transplanting organs between animals. Unfortunately, many of his experiments failed because the donor organs were rejected. The first successful transplanted organ was a kidney, which happened between identical twins in 1953. The 1950s also...
New research to detect new ways of itch relief brain scan.jpg
According to new research being carried out at the Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) in the United States, the same areas that respond to reward and pleasure are linked to the abilit According to new research being carried out at the Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) in the United States, the same areas...
New app shows that spiders are our friends Spider.jpg
Arachnophobes often dread the autumn and winter because it means that the threat of more spiders appearing in their houses is looming. Arachnophobes often dread the autumn and winter because it means that the threat of more spiders appearing in their houses is looming. Being so widely hated by people, spiders venturing indoors are most...
Are parasitic worms our friends or our foes?
When asked to think about parasitic worms, most people will cringe and screw up their faces in disgust. When asked to think about parasitic worms, most people will cringe and screw up their faces in disgust. Squeamish or not, it is a challenge to imagine a worm-like creature that dwells in your insides as something...
PETA ‘monkeys’ protest outside French Embassy PETA_0.jpg
PETA is demanding that Air France stop their involvement in the flying of caged primates to laboratories for animal testing. What better way to do that than to dress up as monkey prisoners? PETA is demanding that Air France stop their involvement in the flying of caged primates to laboratories for animal testing. What better...
The value of mouse research is truly unlimited
We have discovered so much information about our bodies and the development of diseases thanks to genetic research on animals such as mice. The use of mice in particular is invaluable to biomedical research because their basic biology is actually very similar to ours.   Their genes can be altered in ways that imitate human...
The dilemma around modern cancer treatment cancer.jpeg
Cancer has been a long-term nemesis of the human race for decades. Cancer has been a long-term nemesis of the human race for decades. Carcinogens (a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue) in our favourite foods and as a result of habits such as cigarettes are in their hundreds and no amount of...
We need a new outlook on the climate change debate
Where do you stand when it comes to climate change? To most people, the fact that the world is warming and causing severe problems is fact. Others are more sceptical. Where do you stand when it comes to climate change? To most people, the fact that the world is warming and causing severe problems is...
An introduction to Symbionts: What exactly is it?
Symbiosis is the co-existence of two different organisms that live in close physical association with each other. Symbiosis is the co-existence of two different organisms that live in close physical association with each other. These relationships can be mutually beneficial or one sided, and the absolute definition is controversial among scientists. While some think symbiosis...
Protein on egg cells may solve infertility fertilization.jpg
Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute are one step closer to improved fertility treatments with the discovery of interacting proteins on sperm and egg cells. Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute are one step closer to improved fertility treatments with the discovery of interacting proteins on sperm and egg cells. Never been found...
Why these breakthroughs are not science fiction
Scientific and medical breakthroughs are becoming so amazing, that it’s hard to believe that they’re not straight out of a science fiction novel. Scientific and medical breakthroughs are becoming so amazing, that it’s hard to believe that they’re not straight out of a science fiction novel. In the past week alone, it has been revealed...
We must be open and honest about Alzheimer’s
Last February, Seth Rogen opened up about his own family battles with Alzheimer’s disease in front of a US Senate committee in Washington, and has received quite a following. Last February, Seth Rogen opened up about his own family battles with Alzheimer’s disease in front of a US Senate committee in Washington, and has received...
Dog and human brains respond to voices similarly
Dog owners famously insist that their pets understand them, and sometimes even claim to know what they’re thinking. As it turns out, a new study suggests that they might be right. Dog owners famously insist that their pets understand them, and sometimes even claim to know what they’re thinking. As it turns out, a new...
What can cortisol reveal about depression? cortisol.png
Around one in six people suffer from depression at some stage in their lives, and most of us will have known somebody with a mental illness. Around one in six people suffer from depression at some stage in their lives, and most of us will have known somebody with a mental illness. In the UK...
What Reg the Duck taught me about Twitter Part 2
I’d like to introduce you to some of the pointless and shameless tricks I came across while trying to boost Reg’s followers. I’d like to introduce you to some of the pointless and shameless tricks I came across while trying to boost Reg’s followers. As soon as Reg went live, I rifled through Twitter land...
The smiley face: Why it is important today
It only seems natural to add a smiley face onto your text messages and emails to express your current mood. It only seems natural to add a smiley face onto your text messages and emails to express your current mood. Some of us are more inclined to add these illustrations of emotions to our communications...
Why did Marius the Giraffe really have to die?
A young giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo has recently been euthanized which has basically been a PR disaster. A young giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo has recently been euthanized which has basically been a PR disaster. He was called Marius and many are justifiably outraged, labelling his death to be cruel and unethical as he was born...
What Reg the Duck taught me about Twitter
Let me introduce you to Reg the Duck. Let me introduce you to Reg the Duck. He is the character I have chosen to represent myself in an experiment that I’ve been conducting on Twitter for the past couple of months. He is just a front for what all of the millions of users of...
Attitudes to cancer risks in 2014 and beyond cancerprevention.jpg
The World Health Organization has warned that the globe is facing an imminent cancer “tidal wave,” where by the year 2035 around 24 million people will suffer from the disease. The World Health Organization has warned that the globe is facing an imminent cancer “tidal wave,” where by the year 2035 around 24 million people...
Some of the advantages of glowing in the dark glowinthedarkcat.jpg
A lot of science has associations with what we remember from our childhoods. A lot of science has associations with what we remember from our childhoods. Anything that glows in the dark is suddenly a hundred times more interesting, and this opinion seems to be glued in our minds from when we were young right...
A cold and controversial new fashion trend mileycyrus_0.jpg
Everyone knows that the fashion industry loves to be controversial, so it’s hardly surprising that Miley Cyrus was welcomed into it with open arms. Everyone knows that the fashion industry loves to be controversial, so it’s hardly surprising that Miley Cyrus was welcomed into it with open arms. However, the new Marc Jacobs 2014 ad...
Sexism still rife in 2013. Can it be stopped?
According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2013, the overall gender gap has decreased across the globe, and Iceland has come out top for the fift According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2013, the overall gender gap has decreased across the globe, and Iceland has come out top for the fifth year running. The...
Brits abroad – Are we really as bad as the stereotype?
Most of us are back at work, school or University with the long, cold weeks ahead with exactly zero prospect of jetting off somewhere tropical any time soon. Most of us are back at work, school or University with the long, cold weeks ahead with exactly zero prospect of jetting off somewhere tropical any time...
The Badger Cull is just simply an evil quick-fix
Armed with the wrath of Brian May, protestors all over the country are furious over the recent decision to cull badgers in the West of England. Armed with the wrath of Brian May, protestors all over the country are furious over the recent decision to cull badgers in the West of England. About 5,000 badgers...
Page 3: Will it just simply be non-existent?
Over the past few months, there has been a call to remove Page 3 from The Sun. Over the past few months, there has been a call to remove Page 3 from The Sun. It all stemmed from a girl from Hove’s enthusiasm and appeal against the cause, and opinion has pretty much divided the...