The Monthly Round Up: Squirting, Studies and Superheros

The Monthly Round Up

Hello and welcome to my new monthly series. Last year I had The Monthly Species and the year before that I had The Monthly Scientist. This year I fancied doing something slightly different. I really enjoyed writing my BAM series and letting you all in on my day to day life. I wanted to bring back an element of that with this monthly series. The Monthly Round Up will be kind of like a favourites blog but with a very scientific theme and well I’ll let you read on to the rest of this blog for it to explain itself.


Favourite Science News Story Of The Month:

I am friends with a few people who are guilty of humblebragging. If you’re not familiar with what humblebragging is, it’s when someone will say something like “Oh I’m amazed at how great I am at my new job” or “Wow, I never have anything nice to wear since I lost all that weight”. A new study has revealed (what I already knew to be true) in that humblebragging is way more annoying than just regular bragging or even self-promotion! You can read more about it here.

Favourite Blog I’ve read this Month:

I guess this technically isn’t a blog but I found this piece by the Washington Post through the amazing blog Nothing In Biology Makes Sense (well worth a follow). It’s all about the carbon footprint of superheros, turns out in terms of saving the worlds environment they would definitely not be the good guys! I definitely would suggest reading this one, or at the least looking at the poster they produced! You can find it here!

Favourite Scientific Fact I’ve Learnt This Month:

This has to come from the book that I’ve been reading (listed below) and that is about the squirting cucumber or Ecballium elaterium. When its fruits are ripe they actually explode and send their seeds in a “torrent of mucilaginous goo”. It can cause the seeds to be ejected up to 7 metres away from the parent plant! Just be careful because this cucumber is poisonous! Here’s a slo-mo video of them in action!

Favourite Social Media I’ve Followed This Month:

Instagram – This one has to go to Sophie from The Scientific Beauty – She’s got a killer sense of style and a PhD. What more could you want from an insta feed. Honestly I just love her posts and her red theme, you can find her at @sciencebeaut

Twitter – This month I’ve got to give a shout out to Alex Evans. I interviewed him last year but his twitter is something else to behold. He holds a great game called Guess The Crest which I have only got right once but also has the best retweets. You can find him on twitter @alexevans91

Books I’ve Been Reading:

Bizarre Botany by Christina Harrison and Lauren Gardiner – I won’t give too much away because I will be doing a full book review soon but it’s well worth picking up and taking a look at!

Podcasts I’ve Been Listening To:

Level up human – I’ve been listening to some of the older editions of the podcast and they make me laugh, smile and think about the world. They always have really funny and interesting guests and I strongly encourage you to go and check it out!

I’d love to know your answers to these questions so please let me know in the comments or on twitter!

ThatBiologist Everywhere!






Becoming a Master – Desk Work and Podcasts


Week 28


So this week I am now back in London to begin all things statistics. However most of this week has been spent reading papers and actually sorting out my data. For each of my hedgerows I had a different piece of paper with the data on it as well as a notebook with different notes and ideas. So this week all of these notes have needed to go into my computer. It sounds just as dull as it is. That being said it has to be done so as a way to stop myself going insane I have been listening to a lot of podcasts.

I find that I almost work better to podcasts than music as they can be less distracting. They are also a great way to learn a lot about science! Here are my two current favourites.

Science Brunch – These two amazing ladies post podcasts discussing amazing scientists. Hearing the stories of these inspiring people has been keeping me going through the piles of paperwork.

Level Up Human – This podcast is a really interesting concept. What would you add to humans to improve human kind as a whole? Its hosted by Simon Watt alongside lots of other great guest hosts. The ideas that come out of these podcasts are insane and weird and I love it!

I’m building up my repertoire of podcasts thanks to a lot of lovely suggestions on twitter. They are literally saving me from the boredom of paper work. Please tweet me or drop a comment on your favourite podcasts and I will check them out!

ThatBiologist Everywhere!




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