Biology

The Happiness Blanket – Reading Brainwaves not Thoughts

What if you could actually see what your customers were feeling.  That was the idea behind the recent partnership between British Airways and neurofeedback technology companies MyndPlay and NeuroSky. British Airways recently tested out a headset that, coupled to specially designed blanket with fibre optics woven into it, would be able to sense the passengers […]

By Joanna | Anatomy . Biology . Science
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Do we need to reassess animal emotion and intelligence?

What kind of emotions do animals feel? Indeed, can animals feel emotions at all? From early on in their studies, biologists are warned against anthropomorphism – attributing human emotions to animals. Yet, many of us have will seen the way a pet dog greets their owner after a period of separation or read how elephants […]

By Joanna | Biology
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Waggling Honeybees Offer Clue To Environmental Health

Contrary to what we may think, the waggle dance is not the latest twerking sensation to hit YouTube! It’s actually a dance performed by foraging honeybees. What’s more, the dance is now helping scientists understand more about the health of the landscape and the quality of the environment surrounding beehives.

By Joanna | Biology
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Some Like It Hot!

What could be a more everyday scientific instrument than a thermometer? But let’s not forget that hundreds of years ago, a thermometer – a device that can measure temperature – was a cutting-edge piece of technology. Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, who was born in May 1686, was the Dutch-German physicist who invented the mercury thermometer 300 […]

By Joanna | Biology . Health . Physics
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Phantom Limb Pain & The Man Whose Leg Was Attached to His Arm

Limbs are amazing and complex things, especially in terms of the way our brain communicates with them. Unlike some animals, we humans can’t simply regrow a limb if we lose it. What’s more, our body’s control systems can become seriously confused. Take the phenomenon of phantom limb pain, which is often experienced by amputees.

By Joanna | Biology . Medical Education
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Machines That Mimic Nature

Re-inventing ideas from nature is nothing new; think sonar in ships and radar in aircraft, both of which are analogous to echolocation in marine mammals and bats. Indeed, borrowing ideas from nature dates back centuries; for instance, see our blog post “The TENS Commandments” that describes how ancient Greeks and Romans advocated harnessing electric shocks […]

By Joanna | Anatomy . Biology . Environment . Science
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The Evolution of a Great Idea

It’s difficult to imagine a more important contribution to the life sciences than the one made by Charles Darwin.  Along with fellow naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace, Darwin was responsible for originating and developing one of the fundamental building blocks of biology, genetics and ecology – the theory of natural selection. February is the month […]

By Joanna | Biology . Environment . Science
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Are Humans The Only Tool Users?

Recently there was great excitement over the possibility that American alligators – Alligator mississippiensis – place sticks on their snouts to lure birds in search of nesting material, thus marking them out as the only reptiles known to use tools. 

By Joanna | Biology . Education . Science
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