Did you know that there are 50-100 taste receptor cells in each of our 10,000 taste buds? Each receptor has a tiny hair that supplies chemical feedback from the food that you eat. Each receptor hair can send messages to your brain to alert you to the specific taste of your food. These are your […]
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 […]
We are what we eat, but it seems that more and more of us around the world are eating too much or too many of the wrong things. In terms of economic impact, obesity costs nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism, according to a recent report. […]
World Spine Day is dedicated to shining a spotlight on the backbone of our health. Our spine is quite literally a central core to our well being. If you’ve ever had any back pain, you’ll know how immobilising and painful it can be. Our sedentary life-style does very little to help our posture and improve […]
We love this sign spotted outside a café in England The World Health Organization states that only about 40% of infants under 6 months of age are exclusively breastfed. This is despite compelling evidence that ‘Breast is Best’. World Breastfeeding Week takes place 1-7 August, 2014 – let's take a look at why breastfeeding should […]
We’ve already seen what a complicated substance blood is (see our blog “A Bloody Miracle”), but did you know that there are some 32 blood groups and that over 600 blood-group antigens have been identified? Some of these are very rare, and some are largely restricted to certain ethnic groups. Which blood group are you?
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 […]
Did James Bond, played by actor Daniel Craig in Skyfall, have a drink problem? Famously, legendary spy James Bond’s tipple of choice was a vodka martini “shaken not stirred”. But now a group of doctors has concluded that 007 himself was more likely to have been “shaken and slurred” while going about his business […]