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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

Battery innovation charges ahead

Most portable electronics, from your iPhone to your MacBook, as well as car batteries, electrical tools, and even medical equipment, are using lithium-ion batteries. Their low maintenance and high density mean that they are perfect for everyday use, but technology has … Continued

DASH diet could reduce risk of depression

A preliminary study due to be presented to the American Academy of Neurology, has revealed that a diet constructed to help combat high blood pressure, could also reduce the development of depression. A dietary approach to stopping hypertension (DASH) is … Continued

World’s most venomous spiders are long lost cousins

You would not like to find these cousins hanging out in your home. These two groups of dangerous spiders carrying highly venomous toxins found are both found in Australia, and have been considered only distantly related until recently. San Diego State … Continued

We need more bees – and more bee species!

Whether we love them or we’re scared of them, we all know how important bees are to our ecosystem, and we really rely on them. Estimates suggest that a third of the food we consume relies on pollination primarily by … Continued

Gruesome parasitic wasp discovered in Costa Rica

A new wasp species discovered in Costa Rica has been found to cut its host open from the insides. The Dendrocerus scutellaris is as small as a sesame seed, but don’t let its size fool you – the crafty creepy … Continued

Meditation Won’t Make You A Better Person

Meditation has become part of a growing trend to encourage society to be more mindful, but does it make you a better person? The latest research reviewing over 20 studies on the subject seems to suggest that though the activity … Continued

Bringing the plants of Pandora to life

(Picture Credit:American Chemical Society) The iconic glow of life in the 2009 film ‘Avatar’ is something that would only be dreamt up in the writers room or is it? Bioluminescence is a naturally occurring process and seen across a spectrum … Continued

Why is blue cheese blue?

We love blue cheese. Okay, half of our team love blue cheese. The other half can’t imagine how we can look at the fuzzy blue veins of mould and want to add it to our savoury biscuits. Blue cheese is … Continued

Scientists block the ‘siren call’ of aggressive cancers

Aggressive cancers like glioblastoma and metastatic breast cancers use a siren call that signals to the bone marrow to send over the resources needed for the tumours to thrive. A recent breakthrough has started testing a new treatment that aims at … Continued

A new long-acting malaria therapy has been developed. 

We have battled the microscopic parasite that causes malaria since the first humans walked the Earth. Today, the affliction infects hundreds of millions of people around the world and is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of children. There has … Continued

Plastic: The science behind the indestructible

Since the first fully synthetic plastic was invented in 1907 by chemist Leo Baekeland, Bakelite or polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride (try saying that three times fast!) has paved the way for the modern era of plastic. Now over 100 years since it’s invention, … Continued