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Happy New Year – the blog retrospective

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Last year, my New Year’s Resolution was to try for a child with my husband. As I’m currently typing while trying to entertain a three month old baby I think I can safely claim that as one of the most successful New Year’s Resolutions I’ve ever made.

My greatest achievement for 2013!

I’ve been blogging at Scientific American for well over a year now and I have to say I’m really enjoying it. Although this year might have been slightly less bloggy due to my pregnancy, I’ve managed to build up some nice little series of posts which I thought I’d share for the new year.

1 – The chemistry series

This started off with ChemDay; a SciAm blog wide event to celebrate the discipline of chemistry which seemed a little under-represented on the blogs. My first post, on the science of water, was quickly followed by a little rush of other chemistry posts as I remembered how much I secretly loved the chemical side of biochemistry

van der Waals forces
Ionic bonds
Metallic bonds
Acids and pH

2 – Bacteria in the body

I write a fair amount about dangerous and pathogenic bacteria but I also enjoy writing about ‘good’ bacteria, the microbes that live inside and on our body without causing too many problems. In many cases these bacteria are even beneficial, keeping away more dangerous micro-organisms and even helping to provide nutrients for our cells.

Bacteria in the mouth
Bacteria in the vagina
Bacteria in the gut
Bacteria in the lungs
Bacteria in breast milk

3 – The butterfly posts

And finally, I’ve recently become rather mysteriously smitten with butterflies – their lives, their survival, their habitats and habits. When summer comes around I’ll be grabbing my butterfly book and binoculars and there certainly will be the odd butterfly post emerging on the blog.

Becoming obsessed with butterflies
The wall butterfly
Four legs vs. six legs
Multigenerational migrations

So what will 2014 bring? It’ll be a very exciting time for my new little family; we’ve got all sorts of things coming up. It should be an exciting time for the blog as well, I’ll be going back to a four-per-month schedule which means more bacteria, more biochemistry, and the occasional butterfly.

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S.E. Gould About the Author: A biochemist with a love of microbiology, the Lab Rat enjoys exploring, reading about and writing about bacteria. Having finally managed to tear herself away from university, she now works for a small company in Cambridge where she turns data into manageable words and awesome graphs. Follow on Twitter @labratting.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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