Jennifer Harrison

Science communicator, web developer, librarian

Homology

I recently had a discussion where the word “homology” was thrown around very loosely by someone who should probably know better. Those who have at least heard of the word might think it has something do with things being similar. Those with an interest in biology, especially evolutionary biology, probably realise it’s more...

"Brexit Floater" Chrome extension

The Brexit (Leave) campaign has a flotilla entering the Thames. Seriously. We've reached that point. Brexit Floater is a simple Chrome extension for Twitter, which was requested by @GirlOnTheNet. It replaces any mention of "flotilla" with "floater" while browsing Twitter. It doesn't affect other websites. Add "Brexit Floater" to Chrome...

X-Men Apocalypse - I had to do this

I went to see the new Captain America last week and saw the final trailer for X-Men Apocalypse. There was a 2-second clip of Quicksilver sprinting at the camera and into reminded me of something. So without further ado, here’s my fan edit of the trailer....

Leaks reveal the US government used LinkedIn to locate Osama bin Laden

In 2013, whistle-blowing patriot/traitor Edward Snowden leaked classified government documents detailing surveillance efforts by the NSA on citizens in the US and abroad. The sheer size of the leak means that many important documents are still being analysed and reported. Fresh controversy has emerged today as new documents reveal the surprising role of...

No, you can't fly over a rainbow

Today, many major news outlets published some genuinely beautiful images taken by Melissa Rensen. She was flying over the Caribbean sea and captured stunning images worthy of any desktop wallpaper, showing colours stretching across the ocean below her. The news outlets have decided that she “flew over a rainbow”. She definitely did not. Various...

Cycling Scotland end-to-end in 2 days 6 hours

I’ve been so busy recently I forgot to post an update about my Scotland end-to-end charity cycle! Spoiler alert: I did it. As soon as I got home I moved to the Land of Eng and I’ve been settling in since and never got round to writing a blog post. To raise...

How many times has a centralised nervous system evolved?

Neuroscience interests me because of the idea that an object (the human brain) is attempting to understand itself. For that same reason, I’m fascinated by the evolution and development of the central nervous system. Scientist’s brains are attempting to discover exactly how they came into existence. Our central nervous system obviously appeared...