World Health Day
The story Today is World Health Day and the theme this year is antimicrobial resistance. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is introducing a six-point policy package to combat the spread of antimicrobial resistance in order to slow down not only its effect on the health of people today but to safeguard the effectiveness of antibiotics […]
Time for another seasonal post. It’s nearly Easter so you may wish to have a go at some egg-based science experiments this week. Teaching ideas For an interesting spin on a lesson on chemical reactions you could try making a ‘naked egg’, that is an egg without its shell.
Mending broken hearts
The story Hope has arrived in the UK – hope that is for the thousands of people who suffer from heart failure. You may have seen the British Heart Foundation’s new campaign on TV recently
Happy birthday Darwin!
The story February 12th is Darwin Day, the day we celebrate Charles Darwin and his great achievement of proposing the theory of natural selection by evolution.
Who’s the Daddy?
The story It was announced on Tuesday that Boots will be selling home paternity testing kits in all of its stores. These kits have been available over the counter at a few other chemists and online but this is the first time that they have been exposed to potentially millions of people.
What’s in a (binomial) name?
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 […]
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.
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 plight of the Amur tiger: Teaching food chains and energy losses
The story Last week saw the International Tiger Conservation Forum being held in St Petersburg, Russia where high-profile representatives from 13 countries met to pledge to help save this engendered species from extinction.
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.