The world’s most dangerous drink?
The PB&C milkshake may look harmless enough but it has caused outrage amongst some people including UK TV chef, Jamie Oliver. Not because of its taste, which by all accounts sounds delicious (the PB&C stands for its main constituents-peanut butter and chocolate) but because this drink packs a whopping 2010 calories per serving.
Cannabis medicine gets the go-ahead
Cannabis. It seems that this drug above all others causes the most debate and controversy, especially over whether or not it should be legalised in the UK. One of the arguments for legalisation is the fact that the active chemicals in the drug (cannabinoids) have been proven to have medicinal properties.
The biggest story in science last week had to be the announcement of the ‘creation of the first synthetic life form’.
Mobile phones: should we be worried?
A story that has appeared a lot in British press this week is the report on findings of a major study into the link between mobile phone use and brain cancer.
Brown rat tops the charts
No, this is not a post about the return of Roland rat to the music industry but a look at the impact of invasive species.
Want to stay young and happy? Read this!
It seems that the key is to not eat chocolate or drink fizzy drinks. Well, that is if you believe two recent news reports.
Artificial organs for sale
Repo Men is a film playing in UK cinemas at the moment. The film is set in the future, where you can buy an expensive replacement artificial organ if yours pack up. The only downside to this is if you can’t keep up the repayments, the company that supply the organs, The Union, send round […]
Amazing biodiversity in Borneo
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a new species of lizard being discovered in the Philippines. It seems that this was just a minor find, as scientists in Borneo have recently discovered an amazing 123 new species, including the world’s largest insect – a stick insect 22 inches in length.
My two Mums
Researchers at Newcastle University have successfully created embryos that contain the DNA of three people. It is hoped that within the next three years, this technique will be used to help women who have mutations in the DNA in the mitochondria,
Dance the Dodo!
My award for best new TV advert has to go to the dancing Five Alive dodo. As soon as I saw it, my brain started whirring as I tried to think of some way of using it in a science lesson (this kind of thing happens to me a lot).