Biology

May
03

Would You Have Your DNA Tested?

A decade ago, a DNA test was only something you undertook in very specific situations – when the paternity of a baby was disputed, for example. Our increased understanding of DNA and the wider availability of testing kits has made testing for a whole range of other reasons both affordable and practical, with companies such […]

By Joanna Aitkens | Biology . Science
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Jul
10

The Future is 2D

 Credit: Karin Söderlund Leifler We’ve all heard of graphene – the ground-breaking 2D material which has been developed by a team of British scientists and is thought to have huge possibilities for filtering water among other things. But although the most famous, graphene isn’t the only 2D material out there and development continues apace to […]

By Joanna | Biology . Physics . Science
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Aug
25

Are Bees Really Essential for Human Survival?

Einstein was reported to have said, “If bees disappeared from Earth, humankind would have no more than four years to live”.  As it happens, despite many profound statements Einstein made in his life, this one appears to have no solid evidence – Einstein was a genius physician yet not an entomologist!  It is a question […]

By Joanna | Biology . Environment
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Aug
04

The Handheld Chemistry Lab That Became The Wand of Destiny!

[Picture Source: Smithsonian.com – A prototype of the Predictor pregnancy test (left) and the test as it went to market in the late 1970s (right) (Bonhams)] In 1977 the first home pregnancy tests came into our drugstores.  Not the sveltely packaged wands with catchy marketing slogans that we’ve come to know, but more a handheld […]

By Joanna | Biology . Science
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Jul
10

How Are Memories Made & Stored?

What exactly is a memory and how do they manifest inside our brains?  Which part/s of our brain are responsible for making memories?  And how does our brain know how to associate the fragrance of a perfume, the sight of waves crashing against a shoreline, or that song from the 1980s with a memory that […]

By Joanna | Biology
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Apr
07

Life on Mars

A lack of investment funding may have pushed back the Mars One mission by two years to 2026, according to a recent announcement, but a visit to the Red Planet still fires the imagination as mankind’s next big adventure. Nevertheless, if you read the science, a lack of funding looks like the least of the […]

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Mar
08

Three Iconic Women Scientists

Despite data continuing to suggest that women have it much tougher than men establishing scientific careers, down the years several pioneering female researchers have swept aside such stereotyping to prove that science is by no means just a man’s world. Here are three legendary women from across the scientific spectrum, who have climbed to the […]

By Joanna | Biology . Education . Physics . Science
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Why Do Leaf-Peepers and Scientists Love This Time of Year?

This time of year can be spectacular if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. (You’ll have to wait till April/May for your turn if you live in the Southern Hemisphere).  Whilst the temperatures may be starting to fall and daylight hours are shortening, Nature makes up for the gentle slide into Winter with a spectacular […]

By Joanna | Biology
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