Monthly Archives: June 2016

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Written on Jun, 26, 2016 by in

“You just stay the course, and do what it is that you do, and grow while you’re doing it. Eventually it will either come full circle, or at least you’ll go to bed at night happy.”  –  Jon Bon Jovi

“Don’t get too comfortable with who you are at any given time – you may miss the opportunity to become who you want to be.” – Jon Bon Jovi

As a biologist, chemist, editor, journalist, blogger, entrepreneur, musician, traveller, father and founder of multiple startups, Dr. Nick Oswald has insights on just about everything and has a wonderful Scottish accent to boot! After graduating from an undergrad in chemistry, he went on to complete a PhD in molecular biology at University of Dundee, Scotland. He went on to work in biotech taking up research positions at Sophion and Ingenza. It was during this time that he founded Bitesize Bio, an online magazine and community for cell and molecular biologists with over 200,000 readers enjoying the articles and webinars produced by hundreds of writers. These writers are specialists in their area from around the world but each article, whether very technical or more soft skills-oriented, is friendly, understandable and draws you in with each word, just like the company’s founder! In the last year, Nick has co-founded another startup, Catalytic Content, a solution for biotech companies looking to create enjoyable content from mountains of information. I caught up with Nick on Skype to hear about the journey that brought him to where he is now and to hear what his plans are for the future. It’s my pleasure to welcome to our blog: Dr. Nick Oswald. (more…)

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Written on Jun, 20, 2016 by in ,

What goes into enjoying a cup of hot coffee? There is the distinct fruity, flowery, nutty aroma. Hearing the crunch of when you plunge a spoon into the ground beans. The soothing sound of water being poured. The feeling of warm pressure as you grasp the handle and the side of the mug. And finally the complex taste of the coffee as you enjoy the feeling of heat, comfort and rejuvenation that comes in waves with each sip…

There is a lot at play helping you to enjoy your coffee. Today we’re looking at a key player in the process, your sensory neurons(more…)

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Written on Jun, 11, 2016 by in

A few years ago, I got into a heated debate.

The topic was: what is the largest organ in the body?

My “opponent”, a very bright student studying human health and disease, insisted that the liver was the largest, while I contended that it was the skin.

I was sure I was right (although this young gentleman’s self-assured smirk was making me doubt myself more and more every minute).

He pontificated that the skin couldn’t even correctly be called an organ.

I countered that it was an organ and asked what evidence did he have that it wasn’t. (more…)

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