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Thank you from your winner Alan

Firstly I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone that voted for me as the Human Limits Zone winner. I would also like to thank the other scientists who also spent a lot of time and effort answering the questions and doing the chats. Thanks also goes to The Physiological Society for supporting the Human Limits Zone. The Physiological Society have a great website which links to lots of interesting information sources on how the body works in all kinds of population groups and all kind of environments. The questions some of you guys came up with was quite outstanding. Sometimes I found myself sitting at my computer during a chat thinking, why didn’t I ever think to ask that? Often the chats got a little crazy and I did find myself wallowing in pile of questions that I just could not get through, so apologies to the … Continue reading

Posted on July 2, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

I’m a Scientist – your winner is… ALAN

Students have spoken. The votes have been counted. Congratulations Alan, we look forward to hearing how you spend your £500 prize money. Hard luck to Liam and thank you to all the other scientists who took part. You were all brilliant and each and every single one of you has contributed to the great success of this event. We’ve had two weeks of hot debate, stimulating chat and mind-boggling facts. Students, don’t forget to tell us what you think about science now you’ve taken part. Log in and fill in 4 quick questions in the pink box on the right of the browser, to be in with a chance to win a £20 WH Smith voucher.

Posted on June 28, 2013 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

I’m a Scientist – you’ve decided to let Emma go in the Human Limits Zone

We’ve counted, checked and rechecked the votes and now it’s game over for… EMMA This leaves just “planner, thinker, happy” Liam and “organised, conscientious, logical” Alan to fight it out for the £500 prize tomorrow. What would they both do with the money, you ask? Liam says “I’d buy a school science department lots of shiny, new equipment so they can do awesome experiments in their lab” and Alan says “Help the undergraduate students to make videos for school children on how people adapt to environmental extremes.” The competition is hotting up and the scientists are pulling out all the stops to secure your all important final vote. Only you decide who gets the £500 prize. Not your teacher, not the other scientists. Vote NOW to make sure your favourite scientist walks off with the prize – VOTE HERE If you haven’t made up your mind why not ask the scientists … Continue reading

Posted on June 27, 2013 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

I’m a Scientist – you’ve now evicted… Damian in the Human Limits Zone

We’ve counted the votes and now it’s time to evict… DAMIAN Sorry to see Damian go after all your hard work. We hope you’ve had fun. In just 24 hours time the final 2 Human Limits Zone scientists will be revealed to battle it out in the final. Who gets through to the final for a chance to win £500? YOU decide! Will it be “planner, thinker, happy” Liam, “energetic, smiley, curious” Emma or “organised, conscientious, logical” Alan? The last 3 scientists have it all to play for and they need your vote. So vote NOW to make sure your favourite scientist makes it through to Friday’s final – VOTE HERE What do you think about science NOW? We hope that taking part in I’m a Scientist has been fun and interesting. But has it changed your view of science and scientists? Please tell us what you think about science … Continue reading

Posted on June 26, 2013 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

I’m a Scientist – 1st out is… Luca

It’s been a fantastic event so far and the scientists have worked hard, answering hundreds of questions between them. But on Friday there can only be one winner in each zone, so some of them have to go. We are sorry to have to do this to you, but the first scientist to be evicted is… LUCA Thanks so much for all you’ve done. We hope you’ve enjoyed taking part. There will be evictions every day for the rest of the week, with the winner announced on Friday. Keep voting students! Who will walk off with the prize? YOU decide!

Posted on June 25, 2013 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

DAY 6: Electrical disturbances and ageing fitness

Evictions start tomorrow It’s week 2 and tomorrow sees the start of  the evictions, who will be first to go? Get your votes in! Today’s highlights in the Human Limits Zone: We learnt about electrical disturbances in the brain: 16leddyb : What happens when you have a fit/seizure? damianbailey :  fits/seizures are typically caused by electrical disturbances within the brain. We’ve looked at this in some patients that have had a head injury and we believe that the blood-brain barrier has a role to play. In fact, we’re currently applying this clinical knowledge to understand what happens to the rugby player’s and boxer’s brain when it’s knocked out or concussed. And how age affects our fitness: When we get to the age of 50+ why are we not as active? What happens to us?

Posted on June 24, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

DAY 5: The fast gene, Everest and muscles

The halfway point Week 1 may nearly be over, but we have the evictions to look forward to next week! The power is in the hands of the 5,000+ students. Today’s highlights in the Human Limits Zone: Some tough questions from student livok: livok : is the reason your in this field of science is to see how far humans endurance can go with the help of science so they evolve better to the ever changing climate? liambagley :  Good question! I think so yeah, I think that human endurance can be pushed further than it is now. Look at Usain Bolt for example, he runs 100m about 2 whole seconds faster than the winning times about 100 years ago. And this is through modern science that he is able to train in a certain way to make him better. I think we can only keep getting better. But there … Continue reading

Posted on June 21, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

DAY 4: Brain stimulators, seeing stars and ageing

At day 4 we’re nearly half way through the event. Hope you’re all chatting, asking and voting! Today’s highlights in the Human Limits Zone: We found out about a ‘brain stimulator’… tess2fisher : what is the most intresting equitment you use? emmaross : the most interesting bit of kit I use is the brain stimulator. you hold it over someones head, and it sends a small signal to thier brain which tells their muscles to move. It means that we can move peoples arms or legs without them thinking about it – very cool! I have had someone faint because they didn’t like the feeling of thier muscles moving without them trying! Seeing stars: Why do we see stars when we push ourselves too much? And what happens when we age… Why are we less active when we are old?  

Posted on June 20, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

DAY 3: Unexpected results and temperature extremes

Day 3 and there’s no let up in the number of chats and questions – 4,400 students registered and nearly 2,500 answered questions, not to mention loads more chats! Today’s highlights in the Human Limits Zone: Experiment results aren’t always as expected: 12lffeldhaus : have there been any strange reactions during your work? For example predicting someone to do a certain thing and then the result being completely opposite? emmaross : sometimes people have strange reactions to our tests – one person fainted because they were wierded out by their muscles moving when they weren’t expecting it! And other times we have predicted that someone will do a realy good performance in a race, based on thier lab testing, but then they have done badly, and it might have been due to other factors, like nerves, the weather, or illness. And it’s important not to push people too far… 12smpatelroberts … Continue reading

Posted on June 19, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

DAY 2: Genetic engineering, career choices and oxygen turnover

It’s only day 2 but the questions keep coming! Over 35 live chats and hundreds more great questions. Today’s highlights in the Human Limits Zone: Are our brains ‘maxed out’? thatcoa99 : Do you think that genetic engerneering is the future for eveloution and survival in the future? Would genetic engeneering allow survival on other planets? damianbailey : great question and in short…yes! As far as our brains go, I think we’ve maxed out, that is, we’re fully evolved… Liam explains his career choice… What gave you such a change of heart about your job? And does the amount of air in our bodies change? Do we have the same amount of air in us when we do exercise as we do when we sleep?  

Posted on June 18, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

DAY 1: Oxygen and coconuts

And so it begins… I’m a Scientist June 2013 has got off to a busy start. Across all zones we’ve had around 30 live chats, a few thousand questions asked outside of the chats, and there are now 3,300 students registered! Today’s highlights in the Human Limits Zone: A great question for the zone: yogachandabrose : Why do humans have limits? liambagley : Humans have limits for loads of reasons. If we’re talking physical capabilities, muscles are only so big to produce enough force for movement for long periods or for strength. The heart can also only pump blood at a certain rate around the body. Oxygen is carried in the blood like fuel for muscles, if they run out of fuel, they stop working as well! Like you can’t drive a car underwater can you?! Because it needs oxygen! And why coconuts are more dangerous than sharks: shrubberycrocodile : can … Continue reading

Posted on June 17, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment