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What is a Number?

There’s a large range of ways to depict any number, but none of these depictions answers the question: what is the fundamental nature of a number?

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Novel Treatment for Incurable Prader-Willi Syndrome

January 8, 2017 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 19

Prader-Willi syndrome is a devastating genetic disease with no treatment. But is a cure as simple as turning the relevant genes back on?

The Plight of the Tusked Elephant

December 24, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 8

Witness “natural” selection as ivory poaching causes an evolutionary change in African elephants, as increasing numbers are born without tusks.

Amphibian Murder Mystery

December 3, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 339

Frogs and other amphibians are being driven to extinction by a deadly fungus. So how does the fungus survive and continue to spread? Could crayfish be the key?

Human Gut Inspires Long-life Battery

November 26, 2016 • Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 37

We’re desperate for a next-generation battery to power our lives for longer. Could the human intestine help in the quest for longer battery life?

Chubby Hubbies: Fat Crickets Are Better at Sex

November 19, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 13

With more energy to invest in sex calls, well-fed male crickets are better able to attract female attention than their hungry counterparts.

ExoMars Mission: After Schiaparelli

November 12, 2016 • Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 123

The Schiaparelli lander may have crashed during its Mars landing but the mission can still provide fascinating insights into the Red Planet.

Ice Bucket Challenge – Was It Worth It?

November 5, 2016 • Snippets • Views: 61

Initial research funded by the Ice Bucket Challenge has implicated a gene responsible for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – but there’s still a long way to go.