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

Who I am, and what I like to write about

A lego woman wearing glasses peeks through a pair of glasses.
Photo by Adam van den Brink on Unsplash

Ah, I see you have stumbled upon my profile page — lovely to meet you!

I am not (as the picture above might suggest) a miniature woman with plastic hair.

I am, in fact, a real human (see my profile picture if you’d like proof).

I do have freckles and…


It’s all a trick of the nervous system

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Things are pretty busy chez-moi currently — our wedding is just on the horizon, and after two years of waiting, suddenly, it’s all go-go-go.

With so many exciting things to plan and organise, it can be difficult to find a space to slow down, to decompress. One of my favourite…


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

Photo by Megan (Markham) Bucknall on Unsplash

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…


Analysis of the modern-day carrot reveals fascinating insights into crop cultivation at the molecular level

Photo by Dana DeVolk on Unsplash

One of the things I love most about gardening is buying seeds. …


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’.


Vocal variation within species reflects complex and fascinating social structures

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Ever been the ‘new kid’ on the first day of a school term?

I have, multiple times. We moved around a lot when I was growing up. In some ways, I was lucky: yes, we moved a tonne, but it was all around northern England, so, wherever I went, I…


The visible spectrum is beautiful, but it’s only a tiny fraction of the whole story

The inside of a rainbow-coloured umbrella, viewed from below
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When was the last time you saw a rainbow? Perhaps you were spellbound, if only for a couple of seconds, by the beauty and majesty of the vivid colours arching across the horizon.

In late summer of 2020, as I started to dread the change of seasons and the return…


The succulent science behind this oh-so moreish flavour

Photo by María Fernanda Morales on Unsplash

Ah, yes, there I am: hovering over the crisp bowl, again.

It’s always the same at parties, whilst others can’t resist the sugar-filled sweets and cake, I know my kryptonite: potato chips (especially bacon flavoured ones), cheese, and anything with fish sauce.

Yup, you heard that last bit right. I’m…

Rosie Alderson, PhD

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