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Polycultures: The more the merrier

Because of its low tech status, polyculturing stands out amongst the recent slew of technologically-advanced agricultural techniques to increase yield – but what is it?

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Rising from the Dead

July 16, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 139

When a person dies, could some of their genes come back to life? Alisha Aman explores the phenomenon of gene expression after death.

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The Magic Number is Causing a Climate Crisis

July 9, 2016 • Snippets • Views: 128

Recent flooding in Paris is a symptom of climate change – and it’s all related to the bonding of three atoms in our air.

Life comes in many weird and wonderful forms, from plants and animals, to fungi and bacteria. Image credit: skeeze via Pixabay (CC by 2.0 license)

What is Life?

July 2, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 176

Claire Harris briefly ponders what it means to be alive on this strange planet called Earth, and beyond.

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Carb Loading – Fact or Fad?

June 25, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 150

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: 265

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: 307

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: 257

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