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What’s in a (binomial) name?

Image: Nancy Vandermey (Wikipedia.org)

The story

The Sunda cloud leopard (Neofelis diardi) which lives in the forests of Indonesian islands was only named as a new species (distinct from the Neofelis nebulosa clouded leopard that lives on the Asian mainland) in 2007.
Now it has been confirmed that it exists as two sub species – one living on the island of Borneo (N. d. borneensis) and one that is Sumatran (N. d. diardi). More

Could the Beckhams have a girl?

The story

The Beckhams announced last week that they are expecting their fourth child and after three boys they may well be hoping for a girl this time.  But, in an interview in Vogue which took place before the announcement, Victoria has said that this looks highly unlikely.

But does it? More

Building with BioBricks

The story

BioBricks are DNA sequences which have defined functions and can easily be transferred into the genome of living cells such as E.Coli in order to produce genetically modified organisms. More

Science at the movies

The story

A story making its way around the web at the moment is that NASA has compiled a list of the best and worst science movies ever made.  More

It’ll be raining cats and dogs next…

The story

Residents in a small town in Arkansas, USA started of their New Year with a bit of a mystery.

Over 3000 dead blackbirds fell from the sky on New Year’s Eve and experts are still not sure what caused it. More

It's Christmas!!

A very short post today as the pre-chrimbo lethargy is settling in as I suspect it is in most schools across the country.

However, I am aware that you may need some lessons to keep the children both entertained and educated so I present you with a couple of Christmas-themed physics lesson ideas which are suitable for KS2 and KS3 classes. More

Snow business

Down in the South of the UK where Snapshot Science hails from, the snow has long since melted and is it now practically tropical compared to the chilly North.

Assuming you are not sick to death of the very mention of the s-word, here are some snowy ideas for fun science lessons for the end of term which you could use (if school is open of course). More

Alien adaptation

The story

Monsters, the alien movie that was made on a shoe-string budget (reportedly around $200 000) is released in UK cinemas tomorrow. It may lack the eye-popping special effects of its predecessors but what it lacks in this department it may make up for in a realistic plot. Is this movie more science-fact than the usual science-fiction movie? More

A micro pig is not just for Christmas

The story

Micro-pigs are the latest celebrity pet craze after Paris Hilton has been with a tiny pig in her handbag and Posh spice has reportedly bought two for David Beckham. More

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