Tag : science

Chytrid Chaos

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Chytrid disease is one of the greatest threats to amphibians worldwide and a problem that is only increasing as it spreads across continents. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, shortened to Bd, is the species of fungus responsible for causing the disease chytridiomycosis (chytrid) which affects amphibians. The disease has crept under the radar, … Read More

Who will feature on the new £50 banknote?

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After 2020 the £50 banknote will be issued in plastic and the Bank of England are asking the British public to nominate prominent scientists to feature on it.  Since the nomination announcement in November there have been over 174,000 nominations and 800 short-listed names released, with odds for the likely … Read More

Academic Visa Rejections Threaten UK’s Reputation of Excellence, Say Scientists

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The director of a world leading research centre based in London has warned of the possible urgency to relocate science conferences outside the UK. This warning came following visa rejections which were imposed on 17 speakers and representatives from sub-Saharan Africa and Asia that were supposed to attend the second … Read More

British Academics Fear for Losses to Science Funding Following Brexit

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Since 2014, the UK has received  €4.6bn from the EU’s Horizon 2020 science programme.   A large portion of this money has come from research programmes exclusive to EU member states,  including the European Research Council (€1.29bn), Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (€700m), and SME Instrument Grants (€140m).  Since 2007, the UK … Read More

Where the Wild Things Aren’t – British Flora Post-Brexit

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If I close my eyes and think back to my childhood, I picture myself with my grandparents walking through the woods near to my house. I can hear the damp rustling of the leaves, and feel the cold caress of the stark spring air. The most vivid memory I possess, that … Read More

Calimari with a Side of Ecstacy, please

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Elephants on LSD, bees on cocaine, and now to add to the mix of bizarre scientific studies… Octopuses on MDMA. Dr. Gül Dölen, a neuroscientist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, recently published a study in Current Biology of the behavioural effects of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (aka MDMA) on the … Read More

The fight against venom in developing countries

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With the Marvel film Venom hitting the cinemas on 5th October, now seems the perfect time to get the message out about just how much of a neglected danger venom is in the real world. What I mean by venom here is not the symbiotic alien in the film, but … Read More

Pancaked: What Planet are they on?

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Exploring the plausibility of Flat-Earthers’ beliefs ahead of their upcoming rally in Leeds. You may think that the human race has come a long way since believing the earth is flat, what with satellites depicting images of a spherical earth, the visible existence of lunar eclipses and the general employment … Read More

Paint Me Like One of Your Polymers

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The incredible paint that could keep our cities cool. On September 27 2018, an article was published in the Science journal introducing an innovative ‘polymer paint’ that could be used to cool surfaces, particularly in cities. This is revolutionary in a world where cities are rapidly expanding which creates a surplus … Read More

Prizes Are Great But Female Representation in Science Is Far From Equal

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The Swedish Noble committee awarded The 2018 Noble Prize in Physics to a trio of scientists, including Canadian physicist Donna Strickland, for their research and discoveries about the science of lasers. With this award, Strickland became the third female laureate in Nobel Prize history. The prize had not been awarded … Read More