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Spider silk: the future of antimicrobial materials

German scientists demonstrate a world-first – engineered spider silks that inhibit microbial growth Spider silk has long been celebrated for its extraordinary mechanical behaviour. The combination of high strength and high toughness makes it unique amongst natural fibres. It’s also known to be biocompatible and biodegradable, which has prompted many studies...


Mince Pie Cookies

Every once in a while (maybe three times ever?) I share a baking recipe on here. This one is very festive, and is one that even some mince pie haters in my life really enjoy 🙂 I adapted it from two others – this one from BBC Good Food (which also adds chocolate chips to the mix), and this one from the food blog ‘What The Redhead Said’ (which...


Richard Faull: A life in science is a life spent helping others

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of interviewing leading neuroscientist, Professor Sir Richard Faull, on behalf of Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ). It was one of the most memorable interviews I’ve ever done – Richard’s intellect and passion for science are crystal-clear, but it was his overriding love of helping people that really stuck...