Long time - no blog! I've been rather busy recently, and have fallen woefully behind on blog posts. But, I'm keen to announce that our lab - the Drosophila Connectomics Group - has a shiny new website! The post below is a shortened version of a 2-part post I've written for flyconnecto.me on the fly's sense of … Continue reading Following your nose
I love maps. There’s something about a really detailed, meticulously made map that is wonderful to look at. To take an off topic example (well, the blog is called Scientific Wanderlust after all…) – William Smith’s geological map of the UK is one of my favourite maps. Not only is it incredibly detailed, but it’s … Continue reading Connectomics: Mapping the Brain
The most common question I’m asked when I tell people that I work in fruit fly research, is why the fly? Why do so many researchers dedicate their time to studying flies? Drosophila melanogaster (more commonly known as the fruit fly) has been a prominent figure in a wide range of biological research for over … Continue reading Why the fly?
What I love about science is its ability to give us insight into aspects of the world that we cannot see or touch – that are invisible to us without the tools it provides. As I discussed in an earlier post, microscopes allowed the discovery of a vast array of microorganisms that were previously hidden … Continue reading Bacteria vs The Immune System
I often wonder what it must have been like to be one of the earliest people to use a microscope – to look through it and see a microscopic world that no human eye had ever seen. It must have been truly amazing. An example of this early excitement comes in the form of Robert … Continue reading Fluorescence Microscopy – the power of light in biology