Science

South Africa’s ‘canned hunting’: the lions bred for murder

CONSIDERED THE inherent kings of the jungle, lions are wild animals, and opportunists. It is not often thought that lions…

Vaccinations: better late than never

ALMOST TWO years ago there was a measles outbreak at Disneyland, which started when an unvaccinated Californian woman contracted the…

Tim Peake visited York: Let’s talk The ISS, education and STEM

Tim Peake, a British astronaut, returned from a six-month space expedition on the International Space Station in June earlier this…

Mucus: S’not just when you get a cold…

Mucus is something that everyone has, and some people wish they had a lot less of. Yet it is physiologically…

Genome synthesis: the path to making new life

ARTIFICIALLY MAKING genes may seem odd at first thought, but the concept is becoming a real possibility. Tagged ‘Gene Synthesis’,…

STEM under a microscope: Where are the girls?

THE ANNOUNCEMENT of 2016’s Nobel Prize winners should have brought bags of inspiration for many science students, especially those who…

Asthma: An under the radar issue

ON AVERAGE three people die each day from asthma in the UK. Asthma is an incurable condition that affects the…

The fight to resist antibiotic resistance

WHEN SIR Alexander Fleming received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1945, for the discovery and isolation of penicillin (jointly,…

Antibiotics for treating illness: A downward spiral?

In 2050 there could be more deaths from antibiotic resistance than from cancer. It has been estimated that, globally, 10…

Acupuncture: what’s the point?

The University of York has now become the first university in the UK to appoint a ‘Professor of Acupuncture Research’,…

Feeding nine billion: How can we achieve Global Food Security?

  By 2050, the world’s human population will reach over nine billion. Nearly all of this increase will occur in…

Blackberry goes to seed, but where’s the next jump?

With much maligned sort-of-smartphone-company Blackberry stopping in house development and transitioning to android, it seems only right to look back…