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How do we prevent COVID-19 and how is it treated?

I wasn’t planning on writing an article on the coronavirus, as there’s a lot of information out there to read, and my fellow science communicators are doing their job and more to educate everyone on the severity of COVID-19 and how to prevent it (i.e. WASH YOUR HANDS!). But from a conversation with a friend, I found a topic that I feel is important to share with everyone and that’s how the coronavirus is treated. 

Mother Language Day | Instapost

(ترجمه باللغة العربية أدناه) Did you know that today is mother language day? The importance of this day is to demonstrate the diversity of languages around the world and to celebrate them. As you've probably guessed, I'm bilingual, I communicate in English and Arabic fluently and I also translate my blog posts into Arabic, as of 2019. The Arabic language is written from right to left and you read a book from "back to front". There are more than 300 million Arabic speakers in the world. What's your mother language? Tell me a fact about it in the comments below! - اليوم هو #اليوم_العالمي_للغة_الام أهمية هذا اليوم في إظهار تنوع اللغات في جميع أنحاء العالم والاحتفال بها. كما تعرفوا ، أنا اعرف لغتين ، أتواصل باللغة الإنجليزية والعربية بطلاقة وأترجم أيضًا مدوناتي إلى العربية اعتبارًا من عام 2019. اللغة العربية مكتوبة من اليمين إلى اليسار وتقرأ كتابًا من "الخلف إلى الأمام". و يوجد أكثر من 300 مليون متحدث بالعربية في العالم. ما هي لغتك الأم؟ قل لي معلومه عنها في

How to Communicate Scientific Uncertainty to a Lay Audience | Instapost

Last Thursday I attended a media training session organised by the Science Media Centre. It bought together, journalists, scientists, researchers, press officers and people who communicate science in mainstream media, so both sides can understand and work together to communicate science correctly and to encourage scientists to be more vocal about their work and not fear media interviews. ⠀ ترجمه باللغة العربية 👇⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One key message both journalists AND scientists agreed on was that it was okay to communicate uncertainty in science. I was more surprised that the journalists agreed to this too, even though it’s sort of a public understanding that the lay public expects scientists know everything, and won’t accept “more research is needed” for an answer. When in actual fact, the main consensus was that you should communicate uncertainty when the results of a scientific study are not conclusive because that is science. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Science is not finite, as cliche as

Abdul & the DoDo Lemons SciComm Showcase | GUEST POST

This week, I have another guest on my blog, my friend Abdul who also studied BSc Medicinal Chemistry with me. Abdul graduated from University College London in 2018 with a PhD in Chemistry, before deciding to pursue his artistic passions and turning towards photography and broadcasting. In this blog post, he will be telling us about his experience in presenting Virtually Reality - a showcase by DoDo Lemons.  Enjoy! ~~~~~~ When we try to communicate complex scientific material to the world, we often get fixated on trying to insert every key term or attempt to be fun and engaging, which can make us lose our vision or the scientific message. So today, I’d like to talk about science communication through a different medium. I was lucky enough to be part of an interesting, quirky show exploring concepts of perception and its relation to mental health, such as psychosis. As part of the DoDo Lemons group , an artistic collective, I was asked to host the “ Virtually Reality ”


We all know how to make a cup of tea - right? Wrong! I’m talking about the ongoing debate on how to make a cup of tea — the right way. Do you pour tea into milk instead of pouring milk into your tea? Well according to science, there’s a right way to make a cup of tea which ensures it maintains its flavour and texture. It takes into account the various properties that go into making a cup of tea; whether you use tea bags or loose leaf tea, the chemicals that make up tea, milk and water, how much fat there is in your milk, and even the temperature of your water. With that being said, the scientifically preferred method of making a cup of tea is milk first then tea — if you've already brewed the tea in a teapot — which allows the milk to warm evenly and preserve the taste. Pouring milk into hot tea causes the milk to heat unevenly which causes the proteins in it to denature, meaning they lose their structure and “clump”. But if you're making a cup of tea in a mug: hot water/

منشطات الذهن أو العقاقير الذكية - هل ينمو الذكاء؟

This is the Arabic translation of the blog post: Nootropics aka Smart Drugs - Do they really work هل سمعت عن منشطات الذهن قبل قراءة هذه المدونة؟ أو "العقاقير الذكية" أو "معززات الدماغ" كما يطلق عليها؟ هذه الأدوية التي تدعي أنها من المفترض أن تحولك إلى عبقري و "تحسن من قدراتك الإدراكية" وتستهدف كل شخص يشعر بأنه يريد تعزيز قدرات عقولهم خاصة عند الدراسة أو في العمل.

Crystals and Catalysts is 5!

Do Nootropics, aka Smart Drugs really work?

Previously titled: NOOTROPICS, AKA "SMART DRUGS" - DO THEY REALLY WORK? Have you heard of nootropics before reading this blog post?  Or "Smart Drugs" or "Brain Enhancers" as they're called? These are drugs that claim that they supposedly turn you into a genius and "improve your cognitive abilities" and have been targeted towards everyone who feels that they want to boost their brain's capabilities especially when studying or at work.  But do you actually know what’s in these "smart drugs"??

What is a scientist doing inside an art gallery? (instapost)

What is a scientist doing inside an art gallery? 🔻English translation below🔻 ماذا يفعل العالم داخل معرض فني؟

لقد سألتم جوجل وأنا أجبت! المقالة رقم 200

لقد كنت أفكر في ما يمكن أن يجعل نشر مقالتي ال 200 و تكون جيدًا خلال الأسبوعين الماضيين عندما واجهت تحليلات مدونتي والأشياء التي تبحثوا عنها في جوجل والتي تقودكم إلى ركني المتواضع من الإنترنت . لذا ، هيا بنا ، سأجيب على جميع أسئلتكم بالتفصيل. لنبدأ بسؤالكم الأكثر تفضيلاً: بلورات الليمون هي شكل متبلور من عصير الليمون ، والذي يستخدم في الطهي وإعداد الطعام لإعطاء طعم الحامضة لأي شيء تقوم بصنعه ويمكن استخدامه أيضًا لإنشاء عصير ليمون أو ليمونادا.