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A Brief History of Injecting Frogs with Urine

James Burgon explores the evolution of pregnancy tests – and why a frog is more effective than a mouse.

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Prawns: The New Defence against Tropical Disease?

February 11, 2017 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 30

The parasitic tropical disease, schistosomiasis, affects up to 209 million people. But scientists may now have discovered an unusual solution – the giant river prawn.

Curcumin the Wonder Drug: Fact or Fiction?

February 4, 2017 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 113

Sarah Neidler has a closer look at curcumin’s biomedical properties and explains why it may not be suitable as a therapeutic agent – although often called a wonder drug.

Is Your Messy Kitchen Giving You the Munchies?

January 22, 2017 • Snippets, Social Sciences • Views: 44

Chaotic environments such as messy kitchens can cause stress, which can then lead us to over-snack on calorific treats – twice as many cookies according to this study!

What is a Number?

January 15, 2017 • Snippets • Views: 76

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?

Novel Treatment for Incurable Prader-Willi Syndrome

January 8, 2017 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 39

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: 302

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: 364

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?