C’est Chic

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Caught a piece on Nile Roger’s new ‘Chic’ album on GMTV this morning…what a inspiration!

He explained that his new album is called ‘It’s About Time

Wow…talk about great minds thinking alike! Our blog, and research is also ‘about’…’time’.

Only we are all about circadian clocks and how plants tell the time.

Just how do plants anticipate the light at dawn for photosynthesis, and how do they time the breakdown of the starch that they’ve made during the day for surviving the dark of the night? How do they do this?

It’s their circadian clocks – molecular DNA and protein ‘cogs’ that link together to make a molecular timer. They just keep ticking – even during the night – maybe it even allows plants to ‘stay up all night to get lucky!’

Pretty funky, no?

We have circadian clocks too. Nile Rogers is an international jet set superstar. I’m sure he’ll feel his clock ‘squeal’ at times with all the globe trotting and jet lag. That’s when the internal clock becomes de-synchronised with its new environment, and it takes a day or two to readjust. Understanding circadian biology is a really ‘cool’ area of research just now. You only have to look at last years Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine – it went to circadian clock research!

All this funk makes me want to get down to our research song! Check it out here:

https://abouttimeresearch.com/2015/05/22/its-nice-2-alt-splice/

Good times………

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We are Detectorists

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Loved the whimsical comedy of the ‘Detectorists‘ series with the excellent MacKenzie Crook (as Andy Stone) and Toby Jones (as Lance Stater). It follows Lance and Andy’s lives as their personal situations and ambitions orbit their central obsession with metal detecting.

It made me think of some analogies with Science. Obsession – yeah, tick. Do we ever stop thinking about our research topic? From hours of scanning the landscape only to uncover ‘ring-pull’ duds (yeah tick – see ‘failed experiments, no?). Or is it that we are just centimetres away from that Anglo-Saxon gold hoard. ¬†Maybe we have selected the wrong ‘field’ in the first place. I think that, like Lance and Andy, most of us dream of landing ‘the big one’ – ¬†maybe that discovery that will be transformative? We can but dream?

Especially loved the concept of the “discovery dance” – what kind of celebration would you do when the the game changing discovery comes your way….can you practice it? should you practice it?…or should it come as a natural reaction?

Here’s a link to a brief YouTube clip:

I think we are all Detectorists at heart. Think I’ll get practicing my dance….

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