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That’s me, the author of this blog.

O’Really? is a blog written by me, Duncan Hull, based in the sunny People’s Republic of Manchester UK.


I’m a scientist and author of things about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). See the highlights  and contents page for some examples. I make every reasonable effort to get the facts right, but if you spot any errors, please feel free to set me straight or give constructive feedback in the comments section.

Currently I’m employed as an lecturer in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, managing undergraduate and postgraduate student internships, placements and Industrial Experience (IE) and general employability of students.

My background is a mixture of Natural Science (Plant Sciences, BSc) and Un-natural Science (Computer Science, MSc & PhD). I’ve worked as a consultant and developer of web applications for various organisations including BBC MonitoringHenry Ford’s Motor Company and the National Health Service (NHS). While working on the Taverna workbenchmyGrid and Refine projects I completed a PhD and PostDoc in Bioinformatics at the University of Manchester. Recently, I’ve also worked as a software engineer of a biochemical database (ChEBI) at the EBI on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Cambridge, UK and taught various flavours of Science to school children, sixth formers, undergraduates & postgraduates in England and India.

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o rly ya rly by batwing was here on flickr

Oh Really? Ya, Really! via batwing was here on flickr

Full disclosure: Any opinions expressed here are my own and not necessarily representative of my current employer. I run this site as a hobby during my theoretical 20% time and do not make significant financial profit from the ~4,000 pageviews per month that the site currently gets. A modest amount of income from links to products through the Amazon associates program covers the costs of running this site. Unless stated otherwise, words, pictures, audio and video you find here are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License, which requires attribution, but allows free redistribution. So feel free to copy, distribute, transmit, remix and adapt work you find here, just give me credit and attribution by linking back to where you originally took the data from.

And finally, if you’re still reading this…

The name of this blog O’Really? describes the Question Everything style I’m aiming for while also paying homage to geek publisher O’Reilly (Media) and the O RLY? OWL pictured above right. I hope you enjoy reading these blog posts as much as I enjoy writing them and thanks for visiting.

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