Celebrating the Scottish Genius

This year, Scotland is celebrating one of its under discussed geniuses: Prof. D’Arcy Thompson and his 100 years old book ‘On Growth and Form’. It is remarkable how Prof. Thompson was connecting biology with physics and mathematics well in advance of the breakthrough of biophysics. To know more, be sure to catch some of this year’s events dedicated to the subject, and read the following re-post from MCAA Scotland Chapter member Valerie Bentivegna explaining how On Growth and Form is inspiring her own research:

Exactly a century ago, D’Arcy Thompson published his book On Growth and Form. I’ve spoken about Mr. D’Arcy before, but as it is the 100-year anniversary of his masterwork, I feel it fitting to revisit the topic. Since mentioning him last, I have finished reading his book, and have also started to write up my […]

via Mathematical beauty (100 years part I) — Great Scot!

About Space Pirates and biophotonics

It seems like MCAA are having a lot of fun mixing biology and physics… and talking about it! Here is MCAA Scotland Chapter Chair explaining what biophotonics has to do with Space Pirates and Lightsabers:

From a Brightclub gig, the simplest explanation I can provide about optical trapping.. and how it would define its researcher as space pirates

via The Author… unveiled — The 19th century scientist

The physics of cancer – part 2

I know.. you wanted to know more about the physics of cancer!

MCA Alumna Valerie Bentivegna, a.k.a. Inevitable Avenger, is here to help:

Two weeks ago, I told you that physics and cancer are, perhaps counterintuitively, intermingled and that this relationship has biological and clinical implications. I outlined how mechanical forces act on cells and tissue, and perhaps are responsible for one of the many ways of cancer progression. In this post, I’d like to tell you about […]

via Physics of Cancer (2) — Great Scot!

Physics of Cancer, you said?! (feat. Valerie Bentivegna)

Science would make no sense without sharing it! There would not be any benefit in discovering something new and keep it secret.. and there would be no fun either!

We at the MCAA Scotland Chapter are well aware of this! Take for example Valerie Bentivegna, recently elected board member of the chapter for public relations and engagement: she sings about the Physics of Cancer at the Scottish Finals of FameLab, an international competition for science communication!

Now, that you are hooked on the topic, don’t forget to click on the link below to read more on the topic for some insight about Valerie’s research!

If you are confused by the title, that’s okay. Usually, when we read something about cancer, it is about something biology-related, for example about specific mutations or the environmental conditions that increase cancer risk. A lot of research is happening with regards to the biology and biochemistry of cancer: which tumour suppressor genes are mutated in […]

via Physics of Cancer (1) — Great Scot!