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What’s new in science this week?

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Computer Operating system and short movie stored on DNA: Scientists at the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science have shown that it’s possible to use an algorithm, normally designed for streaming videos on mobile devices, to squeeze more information into our DNA’s four base nucleotides. Due to its compact … Read More

Sharks Are Friends, Not Food

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Nowadays, sharks tend to get pretty bad press in the media; they are portrayed as man-eaters and a threat to humans. But there are over 500 species of shark in the world, 97% of which pose no danger to humans at all. These predators survive in the oceans at the … Read More

Knowledge Bytes: Running out of time

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If you’re a computer science student or find computer systems interesting, you’re probably familiar with the concept of Unix time – this being the time keeping method used by multiple operating systems to describe the seconds that have passed since Thursday 1st January 1970. This doesn’t count leap seconds (added … Read More

The Orca-stration of Beached Whales

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The news in the natural world last week was of 2 large “super-pods” of whales becoming beached in New Zealand. While over 200 pilot whales retook to the sea under their own steam, joining the 100 or so that had already been re–floated by conservation volunteers, the remaining beached whales … Read More

The Alternative Science Digest

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Normally this space is reserved for the weekly digest, updating you on what’s new in science. However, this week we thought we’d reserve the column space for a slightly different meaning to the word digest… This week we’re looking at the weird, and not so wonderful, things that we put … Read More

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Rise of the Fall Army Worm

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A growing global population will undoubtedly increase the stress on finite resources, non-more so than with food availability. This looks set to be exacerbated with the rapid colonisation of Southern Africa by a new species of pest, destroying thousands of crops along with the livelihoods of farmers across the region. … Read More

Britain in a Flap: Bird Flu’s back

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We all remember the pandemic known as bird flu which took place in Britain about 10 years ago, but what has happened to it since? Has it simply just vanished off the face of the earth, or it is still lurking around? Bird Flu, or avian influenza, has been around … Read More

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE – The Greenland Shark: The Longest Living Vertebrate

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The Greenland shark has a life expectancy of up to 400 years; following a recent study in Science where 28 sharks were caught, three individuals were found to be over 300 years old. Just to put this into perspective, some of these sharks will have been alive when Benjamin Franklin … Read More

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE – Famous Scientists from Leeds

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If you’ve been a student at the University of Leeds for more than one semester you’ve probably heard that Leeds has many famous alumni. The most famous is actor Chris Pine (Star Trek, Wonder Woman), who arguably barely counts as an alumnus; he was in Leeds for a year as … Read More

What’s new in science this week?

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Polling found to still be best predictor of election results: In a study from the University of Houston, researchers have found that global polling can predict up to 90% of election outcomes from around the world. Despite the views of some, in light of Donald Trump’s surprise election, the study shows … Read More