(Hungry) Science Nerd: educator, writer and general foodie.

Genetics might help us unlock the mysteries behind this malodorous scent

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If you’ve ever smelt it, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about: sulfurous, cabbagey, some even describe it as ‘skunk like’. For some of us, ‘asparagus pee’ seems to be a rather unfortunate and unavoidable consequence of consuming this delicious vegetable.

So yes, I’m one of those lucky (?) human…

Plastics are fantastic materials, but they are ruining our planet. Here’s why.

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Fantastic plastic?

Try to imagine your life without plastic, go on, just for a second.

I’ll try it now: I couldn’t type (plastic keyboard), sit (plastic chair), listen to music (headphones). Heck, even my glasses frames are made from the stuff too, so I wouldn’t be able to see either.

Most mammals don’t like bubbles of carbon dioxide — who knew?

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Is there anything like an icy cold glass of something fizzy on a sultry summers day?

‘Everyday me’ is pretty well behaved: I hydrate through the day by drinking still water and tea — not very exciting, but my dentist seems pretty happy with the situation.

But en vacances? You’ll…

From molecular machines to immunological warfare: welcome to the spectacular world of protein structure.

By Boghog2 — Own work created with PyMol based on PDB: 1bmc​ coordinates which are in the public domain, Public Domain,

What comes to mind if I say ‘protein’? Weightlifters? Protein shakes? Or, perhaps, if you remember your biochemistry from High School, you might have in your mind some sort of ‘blobby’ molecule made up of smaller units, called ‘amino acids’.

Rosie Alderson, PhD

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