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Amphibian Murder Mystery

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?

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Human Gut Inspires Long-life Battery

November 26, 2016 • Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 16

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?

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Chubby Hubbies: Fat Crickets Are Better at Sex

November 19, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 8

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

An artistic rendering of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and the Schiaparelli lander, approaching the Red Planet. Image Credit: European Space Agency

ExoMars Mission: After Schiaparelli

November 12, 2016 • Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 114

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

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Ice Bucket Challenge – Was It Worth It?

November 5, 2016 • Snippets • Views: 55

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.

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Vampire Squid: Not a New B-movie Monster

October 29, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 16

The visage of the mysterious vampire squid evokes a certain kind of menace that few other animals can but what is it exactly?

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Chimpanzee Culture

October 22, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 41

Chimpanzees display culturally-learned behaviours, such as tool use. But what’s the purpose of a mysterious, almost ritualistic, behaviour involving trees and stones?

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Caring for Bacteria in Intensive Care Patients

October 15, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 43

Compared to healthy people, patients in Intensive Care Units have drastically different gut bacteria – leaving them vulnerable to serious infection and even death.