On February 14th, 2013 I published my very first post as a Guardian science network blog writer. And now, over 5 years and 112 posts later, this is my last blog site here as the Guardian is closing the blog network at the end of August. I’m very thrilled to be continuing blogging for the recently formed Cosmic Disarray network from early September, but I wish to use this post

to review my time as a Guardian science blogger, and pick out a few of my preferred posts. A lot has altered for me during this time– when I posted that very first blog site back in 2013 I was a PhD student at the University of Bristol. I’m now a lecturer up at the University of Liverpool, I have actually successfully acquired grants to perform research study, and I will begin monitoring a PhD student of my own. So grown up. I even have a feline now!

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The very first post I wrote for the Guardian is probably the most popular blog site I have actually ever composed. It had to do with one of those really rare occurances in genetics, where there is a ‘gene for’ something– in this case, a gene for ear wax type, which likewise appears to be accountable for whether or not you have smelly sweat. Research study conducted by my previous associates at the University of Bristol examined whether this gene was connected to antiperspirant getting. I would also recommend taking a look at the comments on this post. The first ever comment I got on a Guardian blog is … well … quite something.

Cigarette smoking– from plain packaging to e-cigarettes

A lot has actually occurred in tobacco research and policy while I have actually been writing this blog site, and myself and some of my visitor factors have striven to keep you all as much as date with these occasions. The intro of plain packaging for cigarettes was being discussed when the blog site began, and was brought in to impact in the UK in May 2017. Alongside these changes to tobacco items, using e-cigarettes has actually triggered a substantial schism in the general public health community. I explored this in a post attempting to disentangle using tobacco from that of nicotine. Say What to Drugs? In 2016 I released a podcast with star, podcaster and rapper Scroobius Pip

, called Say Why to Drugs. It looks at the science around numerous recreational compounds, both legal and prohibited. The very first five episodes featured accompanying articles on the blog site, and can be found here: marijuana, tobacco, alcohol, MDMA, ketamine. Guest posts galore The science of hangovers Find out more< a class=" rich-link __ link u-faux-block-link __ overlay" href=

” https://www.theguardian.com/science/sifting-the-evidence/2013/dec/19/the-science-of-hangovers”/ > One of my preferred aspects of composing this blog has been having the ability to commission and curate guest posts from specialists on topics that I am interested in, but

don’t know enough about. From fibromyalgia to alcohol and energy drinks, hereditary denialism to bed showing infants, it’s been a joy to receive these posts and get to share them with you all. Not to discuss it assisted me to keep the blog active when life got in the way, like when I was writing up my PhD thesis. However probably my favourite( and judging by clicks, yours too) was this incredible post about hangovers by Dr Sally Adams, at the University of Bath. Not even if the post was wonderful( which it is), however because of what came next. After Sally looked at the proof, she was struck by how little research there was on hangover, compared with alcohol intoxication. She pursued this, and just last week her PhD trainee released his very first research paper taking a look at just this, discovering that there might be much more covert expenses to the hangover than we may believe. And there we go. It really has been a privilege to write this blog site, and( mainly

) to hear your comments below the line, and on twitter (you can find me there @soozaphone if that’s your thing and you want to stay up to date with my writing). Do follow me( and a few others from round these parts )over to Cosmic Disarray where we’ll keep doing exactly what we do best. And thank you for reading. Over and out. Subjects< a class =” submeta __ link “href =” https://www.theguardian.com/science” > Science< a class=" submeta


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