The vampires are here. And so is canine babesiosis.

Vampires are on the loose and at a time when most things are being blamed on either climate change or the EU (not anymore…), it’s been suggested that a combination of both may have caused the uprising. But the rise of the tick is not sexy news fodder, and tick diseases only affecting dogs even […]

2°C or 6°C: What’s the Plan?

This discussion at the Dana Centre in South Kensington looked at several issues including changing behaviour towards climate change, turning debates into policy and how climate change affects health …

Brainpower or Ritual Healing?

This article is taken from the Winter 2011 issue of I, Science. Antonio Torrisi finds out why ‘never trusting a doctor’ could be a fatal mistake. Since the case of Mr. Wright in 1957, whose cancer shrunk dramatically thanks only to his deep trust in a drug that was in reality ineffective, the world of […]

When Business and Health Collide: Bhopal, India 1984

BY JOSEPH MALONE In 1969, as part of the “green revolution” in India, Union Carbide established a chemical plant in Bhopal to manufacture the pesticide Carbaryl. It contained the lethal compound Methyl Isocyanate (MIC), twice as heavy as air, meaning should a leak occur, it would create a blanket of deadly gas, smothering anything that […]

Podcast: Radio Package 1: Healing Poetry?

In the first of our radio packages I take a closer look at the claim that poetry can be therapeutic. Many famous poets have been through mental illness. One poet who wrote extensively about his experiences was John Clare, England’s greatest nature poet. He even believed that poetry could be healing. But you don’t have to […]

Music Makes You Lose Control

It is starting to get colder. Dark clouds are rolling in over London and our coats and umbrellas are already back in action. It must be the festival season. Over the next few months, hundreds of thousands of people will flock to the British countryside for a few days of hedonistic revelry and copious amounts […]

Two membranes are better than one at purifying water

Globally, polluted water kills 14,000 people every day.  In India, over 350,000 children die of diarrhoea from dirty drinking water every year.  In China, 90% of cities suffer from some type of water pollution.  In the US, a recent study found contaminants in 45% of the country’s stream miles and 47% of lake acres.  Despite […]

Science Behind the Photo #15

Some shocking statistics about the world’s rivers: Every day, 2 million tons of human waste are disposed of in water courses. (Source: World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)) In developing countries, 70 percent of industrial wastes are dumped untreated into waters where they pollute the usable water supply. (Source: WWAP) Projected increases in fertilizer use for […]

The Big Issue

Following all the arctic antics and farmyard fun on the blog this week I’m sorry to say that today we turn to a more sombre theme, but do not fear, there is science in our midst (see below). For many of us here at Imperial College, our morning hike through the South Kensington tunnel is made […]