There's something fascinating about watching children use a microscope for the first time. Often their first experience of looking into the tiny world of organisms and bacteria is at school. Pond dipping is a great way for them to begin exploring our 'invisible' world and an excellent way for teachers to introduce scientific discussions.
The video below was shot by Dr. Ralf Wagner, and won 3rd place in the Nikon Small World competition. The daphnia (aka water flea) and volvox (a type of green algae) came from Dr. Wagner's garden pond at his home.
Since the 1970s, cases of skin cancer have been soaring. In the US, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and, during the last 31 years, more people have had skin cancer than all the other cancers combined.
Even in the cooler & less sunny climate of the UK, 11,767 cases of malignant melanoma (the most serious type of skin cancer) were diagnosed in 2008.. which is more than four times the number diagnosed in the 1970s.
Skin cancer is often called a lifestyle disease, as it's caused by too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation, either from the sun or from sunbeds.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s talents as an artist, scientist and engineer have been admired for centuries. The man who gave us the Mona Lisa was also able to produce detailed drawings of his concept for a helicopter and theorize about solar power. But did you know about his talent as an Anatomist?