Category: Science

Why are blue-green algae called cyanobacteria?

Why are blue-green algae called cyanobacteria? Question asked by @subha1900 on Twitter.  It’s probably easier to explain this by asking the question the other way round: Why are cyanobacteria also called blue-green algae? The reason is that cyanobacteria appeared to look…


Hello. I am a regular person!

This morning I stumbled across this delightful website (via Esther Wojcicki): “Drawings of Scientists“. For this project, 7th graders prepared drawings of scientists together with a description of how they imagined a scientist to be like. Then they visited FermiLab…


The Science of “Sherlock”

Over the last weeks the BBC has aired season 2 of its fantastic mini series “Sherlock” with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. It is fantastic for a number of reasons, but mainly: The story, which transports Sherlock Holmes into London…