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Genes, beer and psychosis

Stop! Before you drink that pint, have you considered a genetic test? Susceptibility to developing mental illness from alcohol could come from genes …

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Flickr Bug

Budding entomologists might want to think about casting aside butterfly net and pooter. A paper published in ZooKeys last week reports the discovery of a new species of lacewing, Semachrysa jade. But the unusual thing about this new insect was that it was first spotted not in the field but on Flickr. Insect biosystematist Shaun […]

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Just Good Friends?

If opposites really do attract, then industry and academia must be made for one another. But should we be paying closer attention to the businesses that our best-loved institutions are getting into bed with? Today, in case you hadn’t noticed, marks the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Athletes from around the globe […]

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A New Particle – But is it Higgs?

CERN announces discovery of new particle – but is it Higgs? Earlier this morning, physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva announced that they had discovered a new particle. At this stage, the characteristics of this particle appear to be in-keeping with what we would expect to observe if it were the […]

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Bovine TB Rates Miscounted?

Bovine TB rates are much higher than estimated Bovine Tuberculosis (BTB) has become a devastating problem for British farmers, resulting in the slaughter of around 25,000 cattle last year, at a cost of more than £90 million to the taxpayer. But despite the eradication strategy pushed forward by the government, BTB infection rates continue to […]

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Da Vinci: Science Communicator

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace 04 May 2012 to 07 October 2012 I’ve already waxed lyrical about how, despite his admittedly substantial contribution to art history, I think Leonardo da Vinci was primarily a scientist. After my visit this weekend to new exhibition ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist’, I’d like to add […]

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Podcast: Alan Turing’s Centenary

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing’s birth and there are events happening across the UK to celebrate Turing’s contributions to computer science as we know it today. However, not that many people seem to realise the influence Turing’s work continues to have and the stuggles he faced. I went along to Kinetica […]

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Mendeleev and Mendelevium

Mendeleev’s periodic table, a rectangle of colourful framed squares hanging on the walls of all chemistry departments in the world, is considered the “Gospel” of the chemist or, better, its portable version. Nowadays the periodic table is printed everywhere, from calendars to mouse-pads and bookmarks. We can say that it represents the essential order of […]