Ada Lovelace Day: Rosalind Franklin

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of women in STEM and particularly their figurehead, Ada Lovelace. Ada is a particularly important figure for me at the moment, because the protagonist of my Cyber Crime Sleuth novel idolises her. Her internet handle is based on her name, her beloved computer is named for her, and she models herself on this driven woman who immersed herself in numbers and logic. Ada Lovelace Day calls for blogs to celebrate women in STEM, so without further ado, I bring you a short history of Rosalind Franklin: Deoxyribonucleic acid is the building block of every advanced lifeform on the planet. It is formed of a double helix structure, a ladder of matched pairs of adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine. Anyone with a GCSE in biology has learned this at some point, and the names associated with its discovery: Watson and Crick. Watson and Crick were unlikely discoverers, and the truth is that they used a lot of other...
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Patchwork Post

I'm back from my holiday in sunny Italy - and it's raining and overcast and generally homely, which is nice. I do like it when the weather puts on a homecoming parade. However, this does mean I've been parted from my beloved laptop and my affair with Space Precinct for a week. This would mean a kick in the nads for my Red Planet Prize screenplay were it not for the fact that I boarded a train today - and therefore knocked out twelve pages. What is it about trains that makes me so productive? I need to build my own railway just to do some work. Projects are ticking over. Steampunk Assassins and Old!Robin Hood are with my director, poolside, and I'm musing over resurrecting a complicated novel with new people, culture and language that's been simmering on the hard drive for a couple of years. We'll call it Overambitious Island. In other news, Ada Lovelace is my heroine, being a queer Christian...
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