Poor risk communication is tree-mendously worrying

I was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, and although I couldn’t wait to leave the place when I headed off to University, I have since come to love it in its own way. While Ipswich itself is a fairly bland place, my memories of the countryside around the town are pretty idyllic. I spent my 18th […]

Nodding Disease

Jo Poole looks into the mystery disease that has killed thousands of children in rural Africa. The Daily Mail have pegged it “the zombie disease” haunting North Uganda and tribe witch doctors blame it on vengeful spirits left over from the activities of the Lord’s Resistance Army. But more commonly it has been called ‘nodding […]

Science Behind the Photo #16

One of the IPCC’s key predictions for climate change in Europe is that we will experience, on average, milder winters. One of the problems warmer winters could cause is a significant rise in tick population numbers. Whilst this isn’t a problem we tend to hear too much about here in the UK, the prospect of […]

A bug’s life is better with company

Parasites are amazing.  By taking advantage of the efforts of another species, parasites have been able to flourish in countless strange ways. For example, there is one parasite that lives only on the lips of lobsters (Symbion americanus). The fungal parasite, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis infects the brains of ants, causing them to climb high into the forest canopy, […]

Tasty Humans

Being stuck in a dark room with a blood sucking insect is never a pleasant experience. Worse than the high pitch whine that swoops by your ear is the knowledge that you could become an unwilling blood donor at any time. There are some people however, who never seem to get bitten. What is it […]