Each month I’m going to write a post about some (mostly science related) things I’ve enjoyed. Firstly, I’m loving this blog! Her posts have given me inspiration for when I begin my PhD in October.
In the News
- A study has suggested that fish do not feel pain in the same way humans do
- Scientists have warned that the 6th mass extinction event is underway (I’m sure this has previously been in the news, I thought I already knew this?)
- Farm subsidies will have to be earned in future – I’m very sceptical of Michael Gove’s credibility as an environmental secretary after his previous comments on the subject, but this could be good news for the environment depending on how its delivered!
- It has been found that paying local residents to protect trees could work. The study was carried out in Uganda, and compared to other existing strategies to reduce emissions, it was cost effective.
- On a slightly less mature note, I found this story about how long it takes animals to poo quite entertaining. Apparently, they all take roughly the same amount of time!
Scientific Book of the Month
‘The secret life of flies’ – Erica Mcallister. I research flies in my current job in veterinary parasitology, so I was very excited that there’s finally a book showing the great diversity of flies; butterflies aren’t the only beautiful and fascinating insects!
Film of the month
I think it’s going to be rare that I have a favourite film as I don’t tend to watch many, but Okja is so worth mentioning. I’ve written about it here.
Fiction of the Month
‘The Handmaids Tale’ – Margaret Atwood. No, I haven’t watched the TV series, and it’s been on my to-read list for months. It’s taken me a while to get into it, but it’s a beautifully written harrowing story.
My favourite day in July
Bristol LGBT Pride! Amazing atmosphere, and for a really good cause. What’s not to love? There is still so much work to be done here, especially when ignorant people like Donald Trump are still around; just this month he suggested he wanted to ban transgender people from working within the military.
Least favourite thing this month
‘What the Health’ – Netflix. Terrible documentary with little evidence and extreme bias. I was so outraged that I’ve actually written about it here.