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The assisted evolution of corals

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: 962

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: 856

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: 779

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: 929

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: 919

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: 1108

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.

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Robotic Etiquette

April 30, 2016 • Snippets, Social Sciences • Views: 898

Touching a robot’s bottom triggers an unconscious emotional reaction – suggesting we respond to humanoid robots as if they are people, not computers.