… and not about oxygen at all! Over the past few weeks satellite images released by Brazil’s space agency have shown the shocking deforestation by blazing fires, but misconceptions are spreading just as quickly as the fires. Although losing the Amazon would be an unspeakable tragedy, we should be all be concerned for reasons other than fear of impending suffocation.
Immortality is discussed avidly as much as a science fiction concept as it is a scientific goal, but for this jellyfish immortality isn’t just a concept but a reality.
Malaria infects over 200 million people each year and is the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths, with mosquitoes becoming insecticide resistant and questions being raised on how insecticides could impact human health, what are our next steps?
It has been just over a year since the Wrap Plastic pact launched in the UK, has it changed how industrial giants approach single-use plastics, and how is this impacting the UK’s involvement in plastic pollution?
But so is time?
Have you ever wondered how hawks can react to their preys movements with such lightning speed, or how frustrating it must be to move as slow as a sloth? Research shows that each animal actually perceive time moving on different scales, so is relative to the creature.
The standard process of invertebrate growth is that when you have matured and reached adulthood your skeletal system becomes static, and you stay roughly the same size. Although this is generally true, there are some animals that pay no attention to this way of growth and can actually shrink and grow in the space of months – incredible!Read More »
I’m very excited to say that this article features beautiful illustrations by the wonderful and hugely talented illustrator Holly Astle! Thank you for reading and be sure to check out her links at the end of this (quite long) article.
Walking along some famous beaches or swimming in certain oceans, you will see your footsteps glow in the sand, or the ocean light up with flashes of light as you swim through. This natural phenomenon is called bioluminescence and has captured the imagination of humans for many years. I have been lucky enough to swim with bioluminescent plankton myself, and it got me thinking about how this wonderful quirk of nature has evolved. Read More »
There have been some incredible scientific discoveries this past year, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some discoveries I did not get time to cover. From revolutionary cancer tests, to a completely new neuron being discovered, here are some of the wonderful discoveries of 2018.
In the UK, approximately 1.5 million red blood cell (RBC) donations are collected each year and used in blood transfusions, despite this impressive number there is still a shortage as demand outstrips supply and most donations are unusable for those in immediate need. The solution could be from an unexpected source – could bacteria found in our gut help blood shortages be a thing of the past? Read More »