How It Works

How do chemical bonds work?

To understand the types of chemical bonding, we should first consider what the atoms of our universe are made of. To do this, we can use a simplified analogy of atomic structure by picturing an atom as a star being orbited by … Continued

Jurassic fossil is the missing link in crocodile family tree

Scientists have long known the ancient seas of our Earth were home to unusual dolphin-like animals that evolved from crocodiles, but it wasn’t until the discovery of a 180 million-year-old fossil that researchers have been able to really understand their … Continued

Nomadic ocean community have genetic adaptions

The nomadic Bajau Laut of Southeast Asia live a remarkable life. The seafaring community live on the ocean, trading and fishing, spending up to 60% of their working lives in the water. Their free-diving abilities are impressive, with the deepest … Continued

How to make your own edible water bottles

In a world where plastic waste is a real problem, companies are springing up trying to find a solution. One of these companies is Skipping Rocks Lab, who have successfully designed an edible water bottle made from seaweed compounds. If you’re curious about … Continued

Binge-eating mice reveal behavioural clues to obesity

According to a recent study from the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), mice fed on at high fat chocolate-based diet demonstrated abnormal feeding behaviours and eating patterns. Obesity is a growing problem in many different countries. According to the World … Continued

Cats vs Dogs – which pet comes out on top?

It’s no surprise that dogs and cats have the majority vote as domestic pets. Humans are a tactile bunch, and nothing gets the pleasure centres in our brains firing more than petting an adorable animal. Nearly half of all UK households … Continued

Researchers capture microglia snacking on brain synapses

Scientists have long known that microglia are responsible for helping synapses grow and rearrange as part of a brains normal development, but Laetitia Weinhard, from the Gross group at EMBL Rome has been the first to capture the process occurring in … Continued

Answer to fear found in parasitic worms

Wasps, needles, heights, blood, spiders – ask a few of your friends about their greatest phobias and you will get a variety of different answers. But the human brain is so complex that getting to the bottom of the mechanisms … Continued

Heroes of Science: Stephen Hawking

Pioneering theories across both physics and astronomy, Hawking is one of the most acclaimed astrophysicists of all time

Heroes of Science: Lise Meitner

Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1878, Lise Meitner was the third of eight children. During her time at public school Meitner gained a growing interest in physics and maths.By 1901 Meitner had passed her qualifying exams and attended the University … Continued

Heroes of Science: Florence Nightingale

Born into a wealthy middle-class family, Florence Nightingale was expected to grow up to marry and take care of her home, but she had other ideas. From the age of 16, she believed she had a calling from God, telling … Continued

Scientists find Shigella resistant to last resort antibiotic

Shigella is a species of gut bacteria that causes diarrhoea in humans. It’s estimated that around the world the disease infects 80– 165 million, and kills 600,000 people every year. However, in the antibiotic era options to treat it are becoming … Continued