Soil microbes of the Kalahari and the Pennines

Soil is a non-renewable resource which sustains life and delivers countless beneficial ecosystem services that we need and take for granted. The microbial diversity of soil dwarfs above-ground plant diversity, but is intimately linked with it. Whilst macroscopic ecology is a well-developed discipline that supports our efforts to manage and …

3D printing a better lab

The 3D printer is already proving useful after just one week in the lab. It’s now so easy to make custom objects I am seeing lots of opportunities to use the printer in the lab instead of cobbling together random odds and ends. In the last few days I have been designing labware …

Access window trapped on disconnected screen

If you use a laptop computer in dual-screen mode with Windows, you might experience the problem of losing access to a window on the external monitor when you leave the office and restore your session without the extra screen.Most programs seem to cope with screen disconnection OK but many do …

I added my first segment on Strava

I am aware that my own attempts are not very impressive but I think it’s a nice route that others will enjoy. Starts in the field near Whitehough Head Lane and ends at the top of Eccles Pike somewhere near the topograph, hard to tell exactly. To be sure go …

Fake plastic fees

Am I the only one who uses carrier bags to line the kitchen bin and bag other waste before putting it out?Governments all over the world are falling over themselves to introduce disincentives for using plastic bags to take your shopping home, supposedly for environmental reasons. I am highly skeptical …