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Language Diffusion

Mathematical models from physics can show us how a big language might eradicate a smaller one, Ida Emilie Steinmark finds.

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Personalised medicine: only a printer away

March 14, 2017 • Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 41

The ability to print your own medicine is just around the corner, Alice Turner explores this recent development.

The Viruses in Your DNA

February 25, 2017 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 56

DNA from other organisms can trickle down to our genomes. Should we be worried?

A Brief History of Injecting Frogs with Urine

February 18, 2017 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 56

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

Prawns: The New Defence against Tropical Disease?

February 11, 2017 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 57

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: 162

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: 70

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: 101

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?