Image credit:

Clinical Lycanthropy: Where Psychiatry and Mythology Collide

Rebecca Baird explores clinical lycanthropy, an affliction based in mythic tales of old.

Read More
Traces of E.coli were found in New York Subway stations… indicating the presence of faecal matter. Image credit: NIAID via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0 license)

The Secret Underground World of Bacteria

July 25, 2015 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 386

Have you ever stopped to consider what could be lurking in the dark of the Glasgow Subway Stations? New York could hold the answer.

Image credit: Tim Robinson via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 License)

Should We Be Worried About Artificial Intelligence?

July 18, 2015 • Physical Sciences, Snippets, Social Sciences • Views: 1248

Emily Breen compares the opinions of technology experts on the development of AI.

A case of colorectal cancer in which the tumour has invaded a vein. Image credit: Patho via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 license)

Reverting Colorectal Tumours to Normal Tissue with One Gene

July 4, 2015 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 585

Colorectal cancer leads to nearly 700,000 deaths worldwide each year and is the second most common cause of cancer-related death in developed countries, including the UK. At least 80% of colorectal tumours have an inactivating mutation in a gene called adenomatous polyposis coli or APC. This gene

Three fluorescently stained skeletal muscle fibres. Image credit: ZEISS Microscopy via Flickr (License)

Shining Light on the Larynx: Light-Operated Muscle Contraction

June 27, 2015 • Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 639

Nina Divorty investigates how light might be used to treat paralysis.

Image credit: National Cancer Institute via Wikimedia Commons. This image has been released into the public domain.

T-VEC Virus Found to be Effective Treatment for Malignant Melanoma

June 23, 2015 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 607

Scientists were able to cure patients of skin cancer with a genetically modified virus, making it the first successful virus-based treatment in a phase three trial. Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and the fifth most common cancer diagnosed in the UK . Currently, most

Image credit: Pixabay (License)

The ‘Coldest Case on Record': The First Human Murder

June 13, 2015 • Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 430

Ida Emilie Steinmark takes a close-up look at a broken skull and dives down into the dark, deep human past.

Image credit: NOAA Fisheries West Coast (License)

Opah fish found to be ‘warm-blooded’

June 8, 2015 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 335

Not for the first time, Mother Nature has blown our expectations out of the water (if you will pardon the pun). Looking at the moon-shaped and colourful opah, our first thought is perhaps not that it is an excellent predator, but that is before it reveals its incredible party trick. Caught off the