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Monthly Archives: September 2013

“What sort of spider bite would turn me into a superhero?”

Philippa Skett, intern at the Society of Biology, has been managing the spider enquiries for the House Spider Survey. Some of the questions spider enthusiasts have asked since the launch of our House Spider Survey are centred on spider bites. Do spiders in the UK bite? Are they poisonous? Can they cause harm? What are the chances … Continue reading »

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Biology Week: 15 days to go!

By Jon Kudlick, director of membership, marketing and communication at the Society of Biology As the countdown on our webpage will tell you, our second Biology Week is almost upon us, and the stakes are high! Well they’re not really, but tension is mounting, and so is the team’s workload. Amid all the energy required … Continue reading »

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Celebrity Spiders!

By Lily Brinn, Society of Biology Ever fancied being a film maker, or just enjoy singing? Here at the Society of Biology we are offering a star studded opportunity (kind of). To coincide with house spider survey app ‘Spider in da House’ we have also released a brand new competition: the Spider App Video Competition. … Continue reading »

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What’s in a name?

By Natasha Neill, Executive Officer at the Society of Biology Wallace, Darwin, Franklin, Watson and Crick are simply names to some, but to those with a passion for biology, they represent some of the greatest minds of all time. What they each achieved has a different meaning to us all, but we’d all agree they … Continue reading »

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A year in industry/the real word

By Rachel Argo, work experience student at the Society of Biology I am a Biochemistry undergraduate student at the University of Bristol and have just come to the end of a 12 month industrial placement with GlaxoSmithKline. Bristol’s Biochemistry with Study in Industry degree was one of the first UK degrees to achieve accreditation by … Continue reading »

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Spider survey results speedily scuttle in

Philippa Skett, intern at the Society of Biology, takes a look at the success of the House Spider Survey so far. With the House Spider Survey smashing through its third week, the spider sightings are coming in thick and fast from across the country. Mailboxes here at the Society of Biology are filling up with … Continue reading »

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The Frog Blog!

By Mark Leach, Marketing Manager at the Society of Biology Following my recent ‘amateur biologist’, blog AJ Cann posed the question – ‘So what’s the difference between a frog and a toad?’ Working on the premise that my initial response of ‘don’t really know’ wouldn’t have provided the most informative of blogs, I revisited my … Continue reading »

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Waste: is it mind over matter?

Philippa Skett, intern at the Society of Biology, discusses food waste in advance of our joint event with Global Food Security on 23 September A well-known, rather decadent bakery brand had several outlets that are littered across the city. Their bread is of a high quality, it is freshly baked each day, but after closing … Continue reading »

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A Credit to the Society of Biology

By Philippa Skett, intern at the Society of Biology This week the Society of Biology held the Degree Accreditation Awards Ceremony to celebrate the four universities that have successfully had undergraduate bioscience degrees accredited. As a recent biology graduate myself, I went along to learn just what these courses were, and why they are becoming … Continue reading »

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Why climate change will likely be worse than the models predict

Dr Aaron Thierry is a quantitative ecologist who recently graduated from The University of Sheffield’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences. He is extremely concerned about the level of understanding of the urgency of large scale carbon reductions and feels that scientists are morally obliged to raise awareness of the risks we now face. In … Continue reading »

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