Magdeline Lum is a chemist, metallurgist, freelance science writer, photographer, blogger, podcaster, and infrequent fencer. Magdeline's role as a chemist has taken her into the halls of academia and to far flung minesites in Western Australia manned by Fly In Fly Out workers. Although Magdeline doesn't like surprises, she finds them absolutely delightful in science telling everyone around her about them. In her spare time, Magdeline volunteers as a scientist in the CSIRO Scientists in Schools and in Murdoch University's STAR Peer Tutoring Programme. Web: and Google+: Facebook: Twitter: @ScientistMags