The Monthly Round Up: Hawking, Help and (Conservation) Heros

The Monthly Round Up

Hello! This month’s monthly round up is coming a little early as I’m taking a bit of a break from posting to give me some room for BEDA! Yes that’s right next month I will be blogging every day and about something a little different than normal. Anyway here is what I have been loving this month!

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Favourite Science News Story Of The Month:

I guess it’s not really a favourite but it’s certainly an important thing to talk about. Sadly this month Stephen Hawking passed away. I wanted to try and find the right words to describe how much of an influence this man was to the scientific community as well as me personally but I just couldn’t find the right words. Luckily this piece by Jacob Aron from New Scientist has me covered and all I really want to say additionally is that Stephen Hawking is the perfect example that you can really do anything you want to. He was given two years to live and lived for over 50 at that point and gave the world so much more of an understanding about the place we all call home.

Favourite Blog I’ve read this Month:

This month I have definitely been slacking off on my blog reading, but one that I loved was from Biology Bex otherwise known as Rebecca who has been doing lots of school outreach recently and she gave her guide on how to run a session. I’d love one today to share my enthusiasm with the natural world with the younger generation so it was great to see how she prepares! You can read the blog that is truly helpful in lots of different scenarios here.

Favourite Social Media I’ve Followed This Month:

Instagram – Conservation Conversation!

This is a fantastic little instagram with some wonderful images of conservation around the world

Twitter – James Borrell

This man is a huge inspiration to my conservation work and his twitter has a wealth of knowledge on conservation and why it’s important. His blog is also amazing so go and check him out!

Books I’ve Been Reading:

Once again I’ve been reading fiction this month. Till the Dust Settles by Pat Young is my current read and I absolutely love it, it is such a page turner and completely different from what I normally read. Would highly recommend!

Podcasts I’ve Been Listening To:

As I’m writing this I am listening to easily my new favourite podcast which is called Speak Up For Blue. It’s a podcast all about marine conservation, the latest news in the marine world and opinion pieces hosted by Andrew Lewin. He explains complex issues in ocean conservation with simplicity and I couldn’t recommend it more!

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

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The Monthly Round Up: Svalbard Seeds, SophTalksScience and Stuff You Should Know

The Monthly Round Up

February is always a blink and you’ll miss it kinda month for me. This month was a busy one as I had a little holiday to Italy and came back with a cold which put me out of action writing wise. But I’ve also had two blogs come out on TheWoodlandTrust website which you can read here and here! Anyway here are what I’ve been loving in February!

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February

Favourite Science News Story Of The Month:

The Global Seed Bank now has just over 1 million packets of seeds! If you didn’t know about the global seed bank it is an initiative to collect as many seeds from as many plants as possible to stop plants becoming extinct. The vault is in Norway and keeps the seeds at an incredibly low temperature to preserve them. Read more about it here.

Favourite Blog I’ve read this Month:

The wonderful Sophie from Soph Talks Science has been absolutely killing it with her scicomm this month. I found it so difficult to pick a favourite of hers but I’ve landed on 10 Reasons why lab life is actually awesome. I miss being in a lab so much and all the fun times and this blog reminded me of that. It’s also a really uplifting blog if you’re feeling a little down about your life. Sophie is such a big inspiration for my own writing so please do go and check her out!

Favourite Scientific Fact I’ve Learnt This Month:

I think my favourite scientific fact I learnt about was all about how Bees get it on, you can read all about it in my Love in the Animal Kingdom blog!

Favourite Social Media I’ve Followed This Month:

Instagram – Ecoceanic

This is a brand that I absolutely love and their message of improving the worlds oceans is so inspirational! They have a fantastic instagram that you should really follow just for the posts about things you can do to improve the environment.

Twitter – TeaTime Science

This is a collection of phd students posting about their work which I absolutely love, their instagram is also fabulous!

Books I’ve Been Reading:

I took a little holiday to Rome this month and spent some time reading some cheery “chicklit” fiction books. This included  Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher and now I’m reading The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond.

Podcasts I’ve Been Listening To:

Stuff You Should Know – HowStuffWorks

I’ve recently been listening to some of the extensive backlog of this podcast they have such a wide topic range but all of the podcasts are really well researched and have balanced arguments. I would really recommend the episode where they compare whether marijuana or alcohol is worse for you.

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

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Becoming a Master – Desk Work and Podcasts

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Week 28

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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!

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