Category Archives: Science

Look up! This week’s solstice coincides with a strawberry moon

For everyone in the Northern Hemisphere, this Monday marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. And if that’s not enough of a reason to head outside and look up, for the first time in almost 50 years, … Continue reading

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Physicists confirm there’s a second layer of information hidden in our DNA

DNA folding is an incredibly important control mechanism. That’s because every single cell in our body contains around 2 metres of DNA, so to fit inside us, it has to be tightly wrapped up into a bundle called a nucleosome – like … Continue reading

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Earth’s Constant Companion

A small asteroid has been discovered in an orbit around the sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth, and it will remain so for centuries to come. As it orbits the sun, this new asteroid, designated 2016 … Continue reading

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Bionic Leaf Makes Fuel from Sunlight, Water and Air

A tree’s leaf, a blade of grass, a single algal cell: all make fuel from the simple combination of water, sunlight and carbon dioxide through the miracle of photosynthesis. Now scientists say they have replicated—and improved—that trick by combining chemistry … Continue reading

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Highest Mountain in our Solar System

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Depressing paper suggests cancer’s an evolutionary mechanism to ‘autocorrect’ our gene pool

Two scientists have come up with a depressing new hypothesis that attempts to explain why cancer is so hard to stop. Maybe, they suggest, cancer’s not working against us. Maybe the disease is actually an evolutionary ‘final checkpoint’ that stops … Continue reading

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Ending a century of intrigue around ‘membraneless’ cell compartments

Ending a century of intrigue around

We’ve been able to see them for over a hundred years, but only now are scientists beginning to get to the bottom of what’s happening inside membraneless organelles – compartments within cells that really do have no boundaries. Most people … Continue reading

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Continental drift past and future

Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting these two videos.

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Sugar Vs Fat

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This crazy ‘Einstein ring’ has just been discovered 10,000 million light-years from Earth

Originally predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity, an Einstein ring is one of the rarest and most exciting sights in the galaxy. It’s created by two distant galaxies that are perfectly aligned, even though they’re millions of light-years apart. They’re incredible … Continue reading

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Einstein’s Proof of E=mc²

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After a secret meeting, scientists announce they are making synthetic human genomes

An international group of scientists has just announced their plan to create a synthetic human genome within 10 years – which means they’re going to try to write a brand new DNA code for human life from scratch. The ambitious … Continue reading

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How cancer was created by evolution

I wont bore you all with this article, but for those of us with an interest in cancer it is well worth a read. Jim – Deskarati Read here: How cancer was created by evolution

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Europe announces that all scientific papers should be free by 2020

This week was a revolutionary week in the sciences – not because we discovered a new fundamental particle or had a new breakthrough in quantum computing – but because some of the most prominent world leaders announced an initiative which asserts that … Continue reading

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The Universe in less than 4 minutes

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The gene’s still selfish: Dawkins’ famous idea turns 40

As The Selfish Gene notches up 40 years in print, BBC News asked Richard Dawkins whether his most famous book is relevant today (answer: yes), whether he has any regrets about public spats over religion (no), and whether he is … Continue reading

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New diatom species identified

A newly discovered species of diatom, a microscopic creature that is key to the health of the planet, is named after a Lancaster professor. Professor Philip Barker has dedicated much of his working life to the study of diatoms, exploring … Continue reading

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Neck and shoulder arteries

Coloured X-ray of the arteries (red) of a human neck and shoulder. The bones (purple) are also seen on the X-ray, aiding identification of the arteries. The ribs of the chest (across bottom) are seen from the front. The head … Continue reading

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This new tattoo ink is designed to disappear after a year

If you’ve ever considered getting a tattoo but have been put off by its permanence – who knows how you’ll feel about that “E = mc2” face tattoo in 10 year’s time? – then a new startup called Ephemeral has you … Continue reading

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Why Scientists Should Learn to Fail, ‘Fast and Often’

Silicon Valley runs on failure. Its unofficial motto, after all, is “Fail fast, fail often,” and it is the region that gave birth to FailCon, where stories of entrepreneurial failure are badges of honor. That’s more than just cute marketing. As … Continue reading

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