1, 2, 3… Explore! is the blog of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU).

The SRUK blog started in 2016 with the aim to disseminate the research of our members to the public, which allows our readers to learn more about different interests and opinions in diverse scientific fields. Since we started the SRUK blog in 2016, our posts have covered diverse topics: from the Zika virus to the evolution of galaxies or the application of nanoparticles in cancer diagnosis.

This blog is an initiative of SRUK Press Office, born under Ruth Garcia de la Calle supervision in 2016. Maria Barreira was the editor in chief in the first season (September 2016 to September 2017). Laura Martinez and Margarita Segovia were co-editors in chief the second season (October 2017-June 2018) and  Margarita Segovia and Susana de Lucas in the third season (October 2018-June 2019). Sandra Álvarez and Margarita Segovia are the current co-editors in chief. The content of each post in the SRUK Blog is responsibility of the corresponding author(s). Therefore, the viewpoints expressed on the blog are those of the author(s) of each post, which do not necessarily reflect the thoughts of SRUK/CERU.

Would you like to spread the word about your research to the general public? Do you have a science-related story to tell? Would you like to communicate your life experience as a researcher? Then the SRUK Blog is your chance to write about it! We are always looking for new contributions so, if this sounds like something you would be keen on doing, please contact our co-editors in chief at blog@sruk.org.uk

Blog team

  • Director of SRUK Press Office: Dr. Laura Martínez Maestro.
  • Blog Chief Editors: Sandra Álvarez Carretero and Dr. Margarita Segovia Roldán
  • Blog Editors: Dr. Laura Martínez Maestro, Sandra Álvarez Carretero, Dr. Margarita Segovia Roldán, Dr. Olaya Muñoz Azcárate, Dr. Alba Abad Fernández, Miguel Jodra, Ana Rodríguez, Dr. Helena Rodríguez Caro, Dr. Beatriz Castejón, Dr. Clara García, and Lourdes Riquelme.

Florence Nightingale and epidemiology: a tribute to health professionals

In these days, the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak has forced most Europeans into a stay at home…

Maths can be hidden everywhere

When we look at the world that surrounds us, we do not probably think about mathematics, do we? Well, this…

Why are we talking about the mental health of researchers?

In modern Western societies it is often emphasized that the individual is solely responsible for their successes as well as…

The tiny jewellers of rivers and their miraculous silk

Have you ever thought that your next piece of jewelry could be made by tiny animals instead of by humans?…

Heart and Computer: the strange couple?

Cardiovascular diseases are one of the main causes of death in industrialized societies. In addition, a large number of these…

The period: the big unknown

Yes, the period. Or the menstruation, or “that time of the month”. Personally, I like to say “the period”, despite…

Breastfeeding: why and how. A physiological point of view

I am a pharmacist with a PhD in Medicine and Human Physiology, but I also hold another degree that sometimes…

You got your PhD abroad but… are you a Doctor when you are back home in Spain?

The last report of the Royal Academy of Doctors in Spain (last update: July 2016) elaborated on the need to…

A team of researchers takes the first steps to solve the tyranny of quantum numbers

The world of quantum physics is fascinating. It presents a description of nature that challenges our most rooted concepts about…

Jornada CienciaUK 2019: “La carrera y la praxis investigadora en academia, industria y alternativas en el Reino Unido”

CONTENT ONLY AVAILABLE IN SPANISH   Más de 5.000 investigadores españoles desarrollan su carrera en universidades y empresas de Reino…

Giving voice to depression

During the past few decades, the development of speech technologies has been exponentially increasing, which has been mainly triggered because…

Tuberculosis: what was of the “White Plague”?

The world report of the World Health Organization about tuberculosis, which is known since the 17th century as The White…

Meet the mucins! The great intestinal wall

The intestine is one of the most important organs of the defense system in our body. Are you surprised? Well,…

Seychelles’ first steps in the circular economy start with beating plastic pollution

In 2019 the word “plastic” is almost as ubiquitous as the material itself is in our lives and environment. In…

Cannabis and tobacco: a tale of a toxic relationship

Cannabis has been smoked for millennia by people across the globe. Nowadays, this substance is consumed in many different ways…

Equal rights for LGBTQ+ in STEM – are we there yet?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, which grew into the first Pride march [1]. Although…

Better Together

The most exciting scientific discoveries are often the result of international collaborations when institutes across the world combine their skills,…

Honey, I’ve shrunk the doctor.

In 2015, 5% of the total deaths registered worldwide were due to a single disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD),…

Everything is interconnected

We are functioning beings thanks to a collection of mechanisms that keep our body breathing, moving and thinking. It is…

Beyond the 5 senses

Since childhood, we have heard about the five senses in many scenarios: at school, on the TV, at home, etc….

Acting against climate change

Climate change – due to the global warming of the planet – is a reality confirmed by hundreds of scientists….

My relationship with synthetic biology

There is no such thing as a perfect relationship. Regardless how much you like the other person, it is always…

Why are there places on Earth with many more species than others?

Why do plants and animals live where they do? For example, how is it that marsupials only live in Australia…

How to succeed as a parasite: take control

Many times I have been asked if parasites are viruses or bacteria, and the fact is that they are neither…

My alchemist friend

If my friend Laura had been born in Ancient Greece, she would have been an alchemist. I picture her wrapped…

Gender Equality in research, a Global Challenge

As part of the activities commemorating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the SRUK London constituency hosted…

Understanding the relationship between human beings and nature

Even the Rain (Icíar Bollaín, 2010), the film screened at our last CineScience in Leeds, (besides dealing with a very…

F-actin cytoskeleton:Highways for neuronal communication

Central nervous system is composed by a huge number of highly connected cells known as neurons. Their contact points are…

A selfie of our DNA

In the time it takes you to read this post, 3,500 selfies will be taken around the world. Each of…

Quantum computing: the future of the computers

There is no doubt computer science advances at high speed. Each year we can find new, more compact, and powerful…

The Fountain of Eternal Fertility

In recent years there have been major changes in the aspirations and activities of women. More and more women are…

HYPERLOOP UPV, DEVELOPING THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION

In the past half century, the human being has experienced many changes due to its intelligence. Inconceivable milestones have been…

An alternative story of life

The release of ‘The Origin of Species’ by the famous naturalist Charles Darwin in 1859 caused a paradigmatic change in…

“Science-me a story” awards ceremony held in Manchester.

The contest, organised by the Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK (SRUK/CERU), has awarded six short scientific stories in…

Identical, yet different

We have all heard about DNA. It is passed from parents to their children and determines whether you get blue…

SCIENCE ME A STORY – AWARDS CEREMONY

The Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK (SRUK) is pleased to invite you to the Award Ceremony of “Science…

The drug discovery process

We often hear news about the discovery of a very promising treatment against cancer, diabetes or Alzheimer. But then, for…

Occupational Therapy: the great unknown

Does Occupational Therapy seem familiar to you? It is one of the youngest and most unknown medical sciences. Occupational Therapy…

The spark of life

Looking back, I still remember a famous series of cartoons called “Once upon a time: Life “. There, they tried…

Everybody ages

It is Life´s law. But, why do we age? What is ageing? Aging is a heterogeneous, complex and multifactorial process,…

Do you know where your DNA is? “I think I have lost it”…

This is the answer I got in a science festival after asking an 8-year-old kid if he knew where his…

Where does our food come from?

What is a market? What feelings does it stimulate? What is your definition about it? The Oxford dictionary defines it…

Creativity needs to retake science

“Everyone is a genious, but if you judge a fish on its capacity to climb a tree it will live…

What happens when the brain carers fall ill?

Let me guide you through the inside of the brain. The best-known brain cells are the neurones. A typical neurone…

SRUK# Climate Change and Sustainability

Earth Day, a day dedicated to protecting the planet we live in, is celebrated every 22nd of April since 1970….

The dating game. How do we know the age of Palaeolithic cave art?

Cave art is one of the first expressions of human symbolic behaviour. It has been described as one of our…

Biorefineries: turning biomass into the future oil

Despite President Trump’s denial, climate change is real and we need to act. Decarbonizing our productive model (i.e., minimizing our…

Using maths to predict and prevent urban pollution

For the last six decades, humans and human activities have been moving from rural settlements to cities in a process…

CineScience III: Jason Becker and ALS; from basic research to general public

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating disease considered the most common adult onset motor neuronal disorder. Sadly, this disease…

Women Scientists who opened doors in Oxford

The 11th of February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. As many other institutions, the Society…

Plants do not live alone: bacteria to feed the world

Microorganisms are barely seen by the naked eye. Under this name we found different types such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa…

The role of the Natural Language Processing in the digital revolution of railway safety

It has been around one year since I wrote the post about how the fourth industrial revolution (aka digital revolution)…

Why active matter matters

«After days and nights of incredible labour and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of […] life; nay, more,…

Artificial intelligence: hype or revolution?

You have probably heard about Artificial Intelligence (AI). It seems to be everywhere nowadays. Most technological companies seem to use…

Sir Robert Robinson, organic chemistry with capital letters

In Chemistry, as in other scientific areas, discoveries are usually named after the researcher who found them. For example, in…

Custom-made human organs

Unfortunately, waiting lists for organ transplant are increasing every year and not all patients are able to receive one of…

Landscape Archaeology: The anthropization of the Cantabrian Mountains

While we gaze at the higher peaks of a mountain range rising above the horizon, a feeling of been contemplating…

Gene therapy: the alternative boss

DNA failures can cause malfunction of the cell and emergence of diseases. The development of tools in biomedicine, such as…

Solar energy, that great unknown

Making use of the energy of the Sun is not easy… well, that is not completely true. Human beings use…

Bacteria: protagonists of the new green agriculture

How can bacteria protect our crops? 7.400 million, this is the estimated number of people inhabiting the earth today. Different…

Hyaluronic acid: novel chemotherapies inspired by your anti-wrinkle cream

I am confident to say that most of you have heard before that true beauty lies in laughter lines and…

#SRUK2017: Scientific Maturity

That is the way we could define what happened on the 7th of July at the Spanish Researchers in the…

What can your microbiota say about you?

What can your microbiota say about you? Microorganisms are everywhere. They inhabit water and also soil, they are in the…

Green gold: The XXI century revolution

In Greek times the olive tree was considered a symbol of serenity, fertility and peace, and it was the root…

Cooling under pressure

The invention of the modern refrigerator by Charles Tellier in the 1850s, which was originally based on the compression and…

Let’s go on an archaeological fishing expedition

I grew up in a city in the middle of Spain very far away from any coast, whatsoever marine environment….

5G: The insatiable search for ubiquity in communications

If something characterizes us as humans is our communication capabilities, much more advanced than in the rest of species. Language…

CineScience I: “We are Time slaves”

There is no doubt this thought from Don Rodrigo, the character played by the actor Fernando Fernan Gomezint the Spanish…

Unseen by the eye! The study of the past through biomolecules

Archaeology often conjures up images of exciting discoveries at a site in an exotic country. Possibly the first picture that…

But the memory remains

We are the memory of our past. The memory, our memories, shape our identity as individuals. But memory is so…

Women in STEM: defying the Matilda Effect

The latest decades have witnessed the incorporation of women into areas of our society that weren’t accessible for them before…

Human Artificial Chromosomes: Fiction or reality?

I am sure that you have heard about chromosomes, but do you know what are they? Most of the time,…

The smartest bank: A brain bank

Have you ever considered why does someone have a head scanner? The usual procedure starts with your doctor recommending it…

How Big data is changing our lives in the digital revolution

  How Big data is changing our lives in the digital revolution One of the most fascinating aspects of Yorkshire…

Skin color: an example of adaptation to the environment

The evolution of humans is written on our skin. Beyond an identity signature, human skin color represents an example on…

Gifts to encourage a love of science for every kid

It is posible that with Christmas aproaching you will have the chance to go to a toy store. It is…

Plankton: microscopic marine life; you don’t see them, but they are there

Do you like the sea? I think so! And if I ask you to tell me about marine animals or…

Do we need to use animals in scientific research?

I am passionate about protein traffic, so much so that I invested four years of my life to research about…

Green cars of the future

In recent years we have been witnessing how summer and winter are gradually lengthening while autumn and spring are becoming…

Check your bOObies! Breast Cancer Awareness Month

OCTOBER…it is the tenth month of the year whose name comes from the Roman calendar. It is when leaves start…

Pain is a double edge sword

Last week I was on a terrace having a coffee with some friends enjoying the sun in Alicante when my…

Understanding our cellular Google

The same forces that separate oil and water in the remaining liquid of a bowl of salad, shape and hold…

Cómo escribir en un blog sobre ciencia y no morir en el intento

Escribir un post sobre ciencia puede ser algo muy gratificante pero muchos científicos no creen tener las herramientas necesarias para…

Pulses: the important ecological value of a staple food

When did you eat pulses last time? How often do you include them in your weekly meal planner? Probably less…

Keeping time: The daily clock of life

As you browse this webpage to read this blog, how many of you are wearing a watch, or periodically finding…

Nanoparticles as diseases detectors: new non-invasive diagnosis tools

When fighting diseases medicine science faces a key challenge; early detection what is crucial in their treatment. Nowadays, in cancer…

Double-barred galaxies: surprising, common, and maybe essential to understand the evolution of our Universe!

If you ever wondered what astrophysicists do, the general answer would be “they try to understand how the Universe formed…

#ZIKA TRENDING TOPIC

#ZIKA TRENDING TOPIC The Zika virus is a “trendy” one since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global public…

Welcome

  Dear friends and readers, Today we welcome our blog “1, 2, 3 … Explore!”. Having an own blog has…