Entries by Claire Pennycuick

5 tips for social media for your science career

How can you use social media to help your science career (and avoid embarrassing yourself)? Dr Anne Osterrieder, Lecturer in Biology and Science Communication at Oxford Brookes University, shares her 5 top tips. 1) Stay on top of your privacy settings. Do you know who will be able to see what you put online? Use the […]

Research videos – GFP shows cells as they divide

Dr John Runions, Oxford Brookes University – Growing root tip with dividing cells GFP, or Green Fluorescent Protein, is a protein which, as its name suggests, fluoresces bright green under UV light. First isolated from a species of jellyfish, it has since been used for many different applications. GFP is often used to report the […]

Planning an investigation

What can I do for a project? How to choose your idea How can I find out more about a topic that I am interested in? How do I start? An Advanced Higher Investigation or an Extended Project will probably be your first chance to try out a real scientific investigation, and to “write your […]

Pollution turns carnivorous plants veggie

Millett J, Foot G.W., Svensson B. (2015) Nitrogen deposition and prey nitrogen uptake control the  nutrition of the carnivorous plant Drosera rotundifolia. Science of The Total Environment, 512, 631-636. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.01.067 SUMMARY Carnivorous plants are famous for their ability to capture and digest prey. This is predominantly insects, but can also include birds, rodents and frogs (and humans if you’ve seen […]

Ancient herbs– magic or medicine?

Mix together some leek and garlic in a broth of wine and bullocks gall, and what would you get? It sounds like a rather odd kind of soup, but may in fact be an effective treatment of antibiotic-resistant Stapholococcus aureus, or MRSA. The history of medicine is littered with examples of traditional herbal remedies that […]

Sweet or sour – what’s in our supermarkets? – protocol

This practical protocol is designed for students doing an Extended Project Qualification, Advanced Higher investigation, or IB investigation in biology. They are linked to our Sweet or sour – what’s in our supermarkets? project starter. Protocol – Starch Grain Assay The following procedure can be used to determine the mass of solid starch grains present […]

Fighting pollution – how can duckweed help? – protocols

These practical protocols are designed for students doing an Extended Project Qualification, Advanced Higher investigation, or IB investigation in biology. They are linked to our Fighting pollution – how can duckweed help? project starter. Protocol: Studying growth and measuring its rate Surprisingly fast rates of growth are achieved if plants are grown next to bright […]

Medicinal plants – conifer trees & cancer – protocols

These practical protocols are designed for students doing an Extended Project Qualification, Advanced Higher investigation, or IB investigation in biology. They are linked to our Medicinal plants – conifer trees & cancer project starter. Possible investigations: Plant growth inhibition Compare the inhibitory effects on plant growth of extracts from cones or needles Collect conifer needles […]

Get your writing right – Appendices

Part 1 – SI Base units Part 2 – Derived units Part 3 – Secondary units and prefixes Part 4 – Units outside the SI Part 5 – Using SI units and their symbols Part 6 – Some useful physical constants Appendices  

Get your writing right – Part 4 – Units outside the SI

Part 1 – SI Base units Part 2 – Derived units Part 3 – Secondary units and prefixes Part 4 – Units outside the SI Part 5 – Using SI units and their symbols Part 6 – Some useful physical constants Appendices Certain units are not part of the SI, but are so widely used […]

Get your writing right – Part 2 – Derived Units

Part 1 – SI Base units Part 2 – Derived units Part 3 – Secondary units and prefixes Part 4 – Units outside the SI Part 5 – Using SI units and their symbols Part 6 – Some useful physical constants Appendices Part 2 – Derived units In addition to the SI base units there […]