The Evolution of Man’s Best Friend

The furry creature that lives in my house…

We are so used to the idea of living with animals in our home. Saying that, it depends on the animal, and on the country. A prime example of this is the guinea pig situation in Peru. When I visited Peru earlier this year, I spoke to some guinea pig farmers who were pretty horrified that Western Europeans keep guinea pigs as pets in their houses. “No!”, one farmer exclaimed (in Spanish, obviously), “guinea pigs are food, not pets!” And when I returned from Peru and told people that I had eaten guinea pig whilst there, they were equally horrified, just for different reasons.

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Peeing on a jellyfish sting: cure or old wives’ tale?

jellyfish friends

I was watching a whole bunch of Friends clips on youtube (because I’m a weird human being who is apparently incapable of using her time effectively) and I came across one in which Monica gets stung by a jellyfish on the beach. Joey claims that he saw a documentary on the Discovery Channel that talked about peeing on the sting site as a cure for the pain. This got me to thinking. I’d heard about this ‘cure’ for a long time but I wasn’t entirely sure if there was some truth to it. So I then spent the next half an hour googling it (I told you, I don’t use my time effectively). Turns out this ‘cure’ is complete rubbish.

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Science vs Humanities: My Story

science  books and tea cup

I’ve always had a foot in both camps: the science one and the humanities one. At school, it was always really difficult for me to choose just one path, so I just did everything! When choosing a university I was worried that I would have to make a decision: team science or team humanities. As it happens, I could have my cake and eat it too. I was able to major in biology and minor in literature. Continue reading

Why AI?

AI

I’ve recently been inspired to read around the subject of artificial intelligence (thanks to a certain someone, who I hope won’t find anything wrong with what I’m about to write, but let me apologise now in case I mess anything up…). It’s been an incredibly fascinating journey so far. I should probably start off by saying that I really had no idea so much already existed in the AI field. It’s all pretty amazing. As a self confessed sci-fi geek, everything I knew about AI came from novels and films. This meant that I knew next to nothing about the real world implications. In a recent article I read (on my quest to rectify my ignorance), I learnt about some of the new impressive capabilities of computers. Continue reading