Christmas and New Years!

I just wanted to take this time to wish everyone a very (late) Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year +6! I hope everything over the last year went well, and that the year ahead will be even better!

ChemKit is currently in hiatus as I have mock exams coming up and other work to do (dreaded coursework soon, the problem of doing science A Levels!). I am also thinking of writing some sort of population simulator to aid with biology - think of it as in you have a population of say 100 organisms who have different genetic fingerprints (say 20 digits long). Each digit has a specific advantage or disadvantage, and they may affect each other in different ways. Sexual reproduction could be shown through the combination of different genetics to produce offspring, and through probabilities the likelihood of a member reaching sexual maturity could be shown, hence showing inheritance. I could then have certain factors which could change (and maybe be affected by the organisms - ie a lot of organisms might lead to an increase in temperature) which would then show selection. As the different genes would be interfering it could mean that many solutions are stable (think of it like equation solutions) and this could show speciation as the populations diverge.

In terms of reading, recently I have read "Life's Greatest Secret" by Matthew Cobb, "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr, "Human Universe" by Brian Cox and "The Secret War" by Max Hastings. I enjoyed each of these books, and looking back on it now I have apparently been reading quite varied recently. I am currently reading "All Hell Let Loose" by Max Hastings, and I am going to be reading "The Mysterious World of the Human Genome" by Frank Ryan, "Life Unfolding" by Jamie A. Davis, and possibly having a reread of Metro 2033.

Anyway, as said, I hope you all had a nice Christmas and have a brilliant new year.