Hayley Dunning

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The unpredictable fire-mountains of Iceland

Things on my mind: Moving house. So much work at the Museum. LAVA!! Iceland is erupting. As I write, there is lava pouring out of the barren ground between Europe’s largest … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Feathery Tale

Between lunch and the deep afternoon, I regularly take a walk in Hyde Park. Though the path and the trees are familiar enough to me, there is only one pair of animals I recognise. Where the Long Water and the path meet side-by-side and by height, a couple of coots have made a nest.

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Were dinosaurs doing well or doomed to extinction?

Today, the press are widely reporting on a paper about the extinction of the dinosaurs. Except, the vast majority are not reporting on the paper. They’re reporting on the speculation of … Continue reading

July 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

I’m not an athlete, and BMI is still bollocks

I’ve been on a campaign since January to get back to my pre-Canada weight (damn North America your portions are too big). I have a few metrics for checking my … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Got crabs? Eat them!

There’s a tide of unwanted foreigners hitching a ride on ships to Britain. No, I haven’t gone over all Daily Mail; the invaders are Asian shore crabs. They’re a highly … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Onwards to Mars

“To unambiguously settle the questions of whether there was life on Mars it will take scientists down on the surface.” This is the quote that made me sit up and … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

A tale of lungs, mistaken identity, and the importance of negative results

The results are not of sufficiently general interest. That’s what the journal said. What they were turning down, however, was proof that research they previously had deemed interesting enough to … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tough love

It’s not a secret to most of you that I’m on the look out for love. I like being with somebody, sharing life, all that good stuff. I spend a … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Neanderthals: always giving good head(lines)

I was pretty proud of my headline for the the latest research story on the impact of Neanderthal interbreeding with early modern humans: ‘The pros and cons of dating a Neanderthal‘. … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

So, space is cool again?

I have to congratulate the European Space Agency. The interest and fervour they created around the space probe Rosetta ‘waking up’ from its 2.5-year hibernation yesterday was astonishing. I mean, … Continue reading

January 21, 2014 · Leave a comment
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