China and US Reach Historic Climate Change Agreement

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have both set new climate change goals for their countries after they met in Beijing earlier this week. The two countries are currently the highest contributors to greenhouse gases and combined produce about 45% of the world’s carbon dioxide.[1] Barack Obama has set a goal for […]

Jaws: The Deadly Myth

We have all seen, or at least heard of, the famous thriller/horror film Jaws. It induced nightmares and possibly a hatred of sharks in the general public, so that today people still seem to think that these sleek predators are terrifying, prolific man-eaters that Jaws portrays them to be. I think it is high time people understood the truth. Recently […]

2 Months To Go

It dawned on me a few days ago that I have just 2 months left in Shanghai and I’m really not ready to leave! Summer has arrived and while it is very humid it’s not yet unbearable so the weather is perfect for meals/drinks outdoors and I’m actually starting to get a bit of a […]

Lost in Translation

There are some aspects of life in China that even after half a year here I still find extremely odd. A lot of quirks in the culture that just don’t really translate into something we would have back home. One thing I’ve gotten used to but still occasionally throws me when I see extreme examples […]

Obesity: Is it in our genes?

With reports on the soaring rates of worldwide obesity, scientists are now examining our DNA to see if our genetics can affect how we gain weight. Many people would agree that obesity appears to run in families and this makes a genetic contribution seem likely. Indeed various studies have estimated heritability of obesity from anything […]

Winter Break

Apologies for the long delay since my last post! I’ve been pretty busy travelling for the last couple of months but I’m now safely back in Shanghai, starting up my experiments again and am incredibly happy to be here. The city feels much more like home now that I’ve been away and come back and […]

Countdown to Christmas

Two weeks ’til Christmas, which means just one week until I fly back to the UK to spend a month seeing family and friends and gorging myself on as much British food and fresh air as I can get. It’s been tricky to get into the Christmas spirit here as China is a mostly non-Christian […]

East meets West

Shanghai is the biggest and most international city in China, and with a population which has increased from 15 million to over 23 million in just the past ten years it has naturally attracted a lot of interest from foreign investors. A lot of this investment comes from wealthy banks or private businesses which you […]

Lab Life in Shanghai

It has to be said, there are some significant differences between the labs here in Fudan and the ones you find back in the School of Chemistry, Purdie Building, in St Andrews. I mean, sure, the general equipment is much the same: centrifuges, fume hoods, furnaces etc., they all work exactly as you’d expect and, […]

Life in Shanghai

Hello! I’ve now been living in China for 3 weeks and I already love it here!

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