Biology

Exciting new biotechnology

In order to keep science interesting and relevant to students it always good to show them the latest breakthroughs in science and in this post I’ve got a couple of examples related to cells, tissues and organs that would be suitable for KS4 and KS5 biology students. More

What’s plastic, very annoying and heard at football matches?

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Nope, not a CD of the latest repetitive football anthem but the vuvezela – a plastic horn that gets blown by South African football fans at matches. This instrument/weapon of torture is fast becoming one of the most talked about subjects in this year’s World Cup.

The reason for the scientific interest is that it can be loud – very loud. More

Malaria vs lasers

Ten years into the new millennium shouldn’t we be closer to cracking the problem that is malaria?  It is one of the world’s biggest killers but it is proving incredibly difficult to eradicate. More

The world’s most dangerous drink?

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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.  More

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. More

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. More

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. More

Artificial organs for sale

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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 a couple of repo men to take back the organ, with no concern over your comfort or survival.

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