Grow Your Own Quantum Computer

Forget the huge factories of Apple, Samsung and HP: it seems that bacteria might be able to make faster, smaller and more powerful computers than we can. Biologically based wires and tiny hard-drives have been grown in the lab by a team from the University of Leeds and the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. […]

Remote Control Brains

Mind control is an unsettling prospect. Its psychology is far less obfuscated than its biology, which is fantastic for advertising companies and frustrating for scientists. Brains contribute about 2% of our body weight and require 20% of its energy requirement. We recognise early that brains are the seat of our humanity, autonomy and ‘self’ and […]

The world’s smallest Etch-a-Sketch

Etch-a-sketch is a classic childhood toy. In fact, it’s so well-   known it even makes a cameo in Toy Story. Now, 50 years on, it’s hard to see how you could re-invent this art pad, but some researchers at the London Centre for Nanotechnology may have done just that, on an nano-scale at least. […]

Drug smuggling cells evade detection

Us humans are always looking for the easy way out. If we can get someone else to do our dirty work for us, so much the better, which is why drug dealers rely on mules to ship merchandise for them. One of the trickiest things to do in medical science is smuggling drugs or nanoprobes […]

Podcast: Do you know your A.C.G.T?

…as easy as 1.2.3… Sorry, got caught up singing my favorite song. Jackson 5, legends. Though they obviously got the A.B.C part wrong because it should have been A.G.C.T, the 4 most important letters of life! A.G.C.T represent the 4 bases that make up DNA, adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine. When contained in DNA they […]

An Optimist’s Tour of the Future by Mark Stevenson

A whistle stop tour of Mark Stevenson’s vision of the future, this book is a crash course in some of science’s hottest topics. Taking a journey around the world, Stevenson tries to get to grips with how science is set to change our lives beyond all recognition. Each pitstop along his journey introduces a new […]

Diamonds could be everyone’s best friend!

Despite what many students may firmly believe, money can’t buy you happiness, right? A lot of money can, however, buy you diamonds and although I’ve never been financially stable enough to test the theory, it seems that diamonds can make women very, very happy indeed. It also seems that the bigger the diamond, the happier […]

Goldie lookin food chain

Spinning gold from straw is the stuff of fairytales, but Rumpelstiltskin might actually have been onto something.  It seems plants have the ability to suck up gold nanoparticles and incorporate the precious metal into their leaves.  This might sound like the next must-have bling homeware, but when the leaves get eaten, the gold gets transferred […]