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Carb Loading – Fact or Fad?

Alice Turner investigates energy use in sport – can eating more carbohydrates before a major exercise event help improve and sustain energy levels?

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The assisted evolution of corals

June 18, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 122

Corals risk extinction in the face of pollution and global warming, faster than they can adapt - a problem for the people that depend on them. How do we save them?

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Of Animation and Conservation

June 11, 2016 • Snippets • Views: 179

Animated movies draw heavily on the natural world for inspiration. However, are their casting choices encouraging environmentally irresponsible pet trends?

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Tumour Heterogeneity and Cancer Therapy Challenges

June 4, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 176

Sarah Neidler explores tumour relapse after initial response to therapy and explains how recent technological developments may help to overcome this problem.

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For Chemistry, Seeing is Believing

May 28, 2016 • Snippets • Views: 158

Atomic force microscopy can provide highly detailed information on chemical systems, giving us important new insights into how chemical reactions occur.

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Tornadoes and Flesh-Eating Fungi

May 21, 2016 • Snippets • Views: 295

How could a tornado be responsible for an outbreak of a rare flesh-eating fungal infection?

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Single-Cell Learning

May 14, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 262

Slime mold may not have a nervous system – but it is the first single-cell organism to show an ability to learn, demonstrating a simple type of learning called habituation.

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New labels tell you how much exercise will burn off your food

May 7, 2016 • Snippets • Views: 465

In January the UK Royal Society for Public Health proposed a new labelling system that would show images with information on how much exercise you would need to burn off the calories contained within food products.