One AM on Christmas day and instead of doozing off I am still sitting by a computer, editting this last post in the KI Researcher’s Advent Calendar. In between copying and pasting, I swear at myself. What a typical overachiever, overly ambitious and perfectionist (in other words, what a PhD student!) I am! But the… Read More Jolly Science X-mass and 2017!
Christmas time is singing time. Lucia, christmas carols, choirs or cheezy tunes in the shops – you’ll know it’s christmas by the sound. Here is something a little bit different. Especially for all you friends of science out there. A podcast episode with the singing physicist Tim Blais, the one-man band and YouTuber behind A… Read More Singing science
To state the obvious, by definition Christmas is a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus. Nearly all Christian households celebrate Christmas. So one would expect that in most non-Christian or non-religious families, Christmas doesn’t really play a big role. But it turns out the Christmas season means different things to some people thinking there… Read More The more the merrier
Finally, after months and months of increasing darkness, the days are finally starting to get longer again! To help celebrate this fact, I wanted to share one of my favorite songs with you: Here Comes the Sun! Here it is performed by the writer, George Harrison, along with a “super group” of sorts. If you… Read More Here Comes the Sun… do do do do
Baking is synonymous with Christmas cheer. In Sweden, a favourite Christmas treat is the Pepparkaka (PK) which is a thin, crunchy biscuit flavoured with Christmas spices and enjoyed with Glögg, the Swedish mulled wine. Current methods of Pepparkakor (PK’s) synthesis fail to address the needs of scientists who often required the integration of geekiness into… Read More Christmas baking for science geeks: Pepparkakor Synthesis
We all know the feeling. The festivities are over and done with, the novelty of all of the newly-sort Christmas toys have worn off, and if you eat another morsel of food you may just burst. The post-Christmas lull. Those six whole days after Christmas until New Year’s Eve. The family are driving you crazy,… Read More Science to fill the post-Christmas lull: a practical guide
Did you eat lussekatter on Lucia? The origin might surprise you. Find out more about lussekatter and other kakor.… Read More Kakanskalender
Some weeks ago, I had the pleasure to visit a research lab in Oxford I’ll be joining next year, and was invited to join their Christmas lunch. The lunch took place at a cosy restaurant at Turl Street. The raw wooden tables were decorated with Christmas-crackers that didn’t really crack much when pulled, but revealed… Read More ’Tis the season.
After the 17th failed experiment in a row, sometimes it takes particular conscious effort on my part to remind myself that I do love science, even if the object of my affection seems colder and less reciprocating than the harsh Nordic winter winds. On “PhD-crawling-through” periods such as these there are some things I try to… Read More Christmas-Science-Jumper love
Nothing says Christmas like the 80’s. It’s just impossible not to feel Christmassy when you’re wearing a neon shell suit on top of oversized acid washed jeans while doing a Rubik’s Cube. We got into the 80’s Christmas spirit at the Department of Neuroscience yesterday and here are the results to brighten up your day.