Why do we die? Scibar brought to you by Art Necro

Death might not be certain, though taxes, probably are. In this talk, featuring immortal jelly fish, the world’s slowest bacteria and the cast of Alice through the Looking Glass, biologist Simon Watt (of Channel 4’s The Elephant Life After Death and Inside Nature’s Giants) delves into the surprising science behind why we die, and what the alternatives might be. […]

Changing ourselves

From hammerstones to biotechnology: Lizzie Norris looks at the engineering that has helped us to increase our lifespan and improve our quality of life.

Death: A Self-portrait

In spite of all the uncertainties we face through life, the only inescapable and inevitable certainty is that one day our life will end. Understandably, the majority of us are afraid of death, yet it is a natural process in the circle of life. So is it not about time that we made our peace […]

Mortal Devices

This article is taken from the Spring 2012 issue of I, Science. Jo Poole asks whether humans really can be repaired like machines. It is true that however well we look after our health, from diet and exercise to vaccination, all organisms are subject to progressive changes. These arise via both extrinsic devices such as […]

Pure Water Can KIll You

Fact of the day #1 Drinking absolutely pure water can kill you. All the water we normally drink – from taps, from bottles, from the garden hose – contains impurities which affect a property of water called tonicity. This is the ability of a solution to draw or repel water from ajacent solutions when separated by […]

Book Review: The Immortalisation Commission

John Gray, he of ‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus’ fame, has a new book out. It’s been out for two months here in the UK, but today the book get’s its US launch. Ben Good gives his thoughts on Gray’s most recent effort… Death and Taxes. Attempt to cheat one and you […]

Do elephants mourn?

I know, I know, I used the word “mourn” in the title. I could almost feel the disapproving eyes boring into my head as I wrote it. But before anyone accuses me of anthropomorphism let me ask you a question, why would it have been more acceptable to say “Do elephants grieve”? or perhaps “A […]

Lost in Space

Friday 28th January this year marked the 25th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. However, the Challenger disaster was neither the first, nor the last, time lives have been lost in the quest to explore John F. Kennedy’s “new ocean”. With NASA preparing to retire its shuttle fleet soon, perhaps now is a suitable […]