New Cloaking Device Could Hide Future Buildings from Earthquakes

Usually if a building needs to withstand an earthquake, architects and engineers find ways to safely absorb its energy, for example, by building shock absorbers into the foundations. However, scientists at the Institut Fresnel are investigating a new technology which could, in certain circumstances, prove to be a superior option when dealing with the problems … More

Obesity Weighing Down Your Grades?

  We all know that childhood obesity can have a negative effect upon the health of children, but new research completed at the University of Strathclyde (in collaboration with the Universities of Dundee, Georgia and Bristol) has found that obesity in adolescent girls is associated with lower academic attainment levels throughout their teenage years . The comprehensive study … More

Going Sour: A New Explanation for the Mass Dino Death

The undying mystery of the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction – the one where the dinosaurs famously perished – has gained another plot-thickening twist. A Japanese research team now claims to have shown that acid rain, with a horrifyingly low pH of 0-1 (that would be more acidic than the gastric acid in your stomach), could be … More

The Mystery of the Appendix… Unravelled?

The appendix, which is regarded as the body’s least useful organ, may not be so useless after all. For generations it was claimed that this small pouch protruding from the large intestine served no beneficial purpose to the body. Instead, it existed as a block of tissue, which would easily get inflamed, cause unnecessary pain … More

Gene Editing in HIV Therapy

The human immunodeficiency virus, commonly known as HIV, causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV infects and kills millions of people each year. In 2012, an estimated number of 35.3 million people lived with HIV . HIV infects mainly CD4+ T Cells, which play an important role in the body’s adaptive immune response . The … More

Owls – Cute Killers

Owls are charismatic birds. The round head, dumpy body and large eyes make owls great subjects for cartoons; stylised owl motifs are everywhere, showing varying degrees of resemblance to real owls. All emphasise characteristics that are perceived by us as cute. This is all very well, but real owls are solitary predators. They eat cute … More

Cancer Cells Use Stealth Tactics to Colonise the Brain

How can we stop cancer taking hold in multiple organs? Emma Woodham discusses why we now know more about how cancer takes hold in the brain. More

Fighting Cancer: A 21st Century Challenge

As a new WHO report predicts even more cancer cases and deaths in the future, Michaela Mrschtik considers what we need to focus on to lower the worldwide cancer burden. More

CERN Commences Study on Future Circular Colliders

CERN launches a five year study on the very large successors
to the Large Hadron Collider. More

Worming Your Way Out of a Problem

Craig McInnes talks about an unlikely source of inspiration for new medicines; worms. More

Battle of the X’s

Ryan Imrie investigates how female mammals cope with their double dosage of X chromosomes. More

Nanotechnology vs. Cancer

Chances of ‘winning’ the ongoing battle against cancer are boosted by nanotechnology. More