Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Inspirations in the kitchen - Baby Boo's first plant biology lesson

After all, being a scientific mother has also its advantages. First, I have a husband who inspires and helps me a lot. (Although he is not a scientist himself.) He was the one who told me while I was trying to understand one of the newest models about granum structure that it can be compared to fusilli in fact (that are interconnected in 3D with each other, but 1 granum is like 1 piece of fusilli). It was a great idea of him... especially because having small kids, you must be able to find out the easiest, most obvious explanations, metaphors and examples if you talk about science. This helps a lot not to be lost in too complicated nomenclature and models, not to be completely isolated from the rest of the world, and from everyday life, and to see just the most important things/patterns in everything. But such husband-, kitchen-, and kids-inspired examples can als help you to give challenging, down-to-earth and funny university and conference lectures. So, being a scientific mum is not that bad after all. I'll continue this series as well... There are also a lot of things to learn about pigments in vegetables in the kitchen and during cooking...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Scientific wine tasting part III. The physicists

After chemists and biologists, I continue the series with physicists and how they enjoy drinking wine. It is not only a joke, quite often it can be really observed how 'scientifically' different scientists talk about casual things of their everyday lives. Yes, it is sometimes difficult to get rid of the terminology...

Thursday, November 1, 2012