Eleanor Mason

Science Editor (2016/17)

Eleanor has written 30 articles for Nouse

Sexual reproduction, evolutionary phenomenon

Modern human society is sex obsessed. It’s everywhere, and it triggers all sorts of curious behaviours. Yet, social pressure and…

Neonicotinoids and the pesticide problem

IN 2013, THE European Union imposed a two year ban on neonicotinoid pesticides (with temporary flexibility in some member states),…

Branching out: what can we learn from trees?

TREES ARE THE lungs of the Earth, nature’s memory stick, even at a molecular level. Every layer of fresh weight…

Hellish Hay Fever and How to Treat it

  If you have been waking up with an itchy throat and ears, red eyes and find you can’t stop…

Is Sweden the answer to a smoke-free future?

It seems Sweden is the guiding light needed for a cigarette-free world. Swedish men appear to be the first population…

Telomeres: our cells’ biological ageing clock

IN 1953, JAMES Watson and Francis Crick were co-originators in the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic…

Forget Asexual vs. Sexual Reproduction- you can have both

Having the ability to reproduce both sexually and asexually, a process known as heterogamy, can be highly advantageous when members…

Science Snippets

Veganuary  With January came new year’s resolu- tions, diets and veganism. Veganuary has become increasingly popular over the past few…

Meningitis: what it is and what to look for

Following a recent case of meningococcal meningitis in York, an email was dispatched to students at the university, providing reassurance…

An aquatic mindset: understanding our oceans

FROM CORAL reefs, viral communities and crustaceans to sharks and rays, the earth’s ocean is the largest ecosystem on the…

Science down the microscope: The top stories of 2016

From political upheavals, worldwide attacks and the death of such figures as David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Victoria Wood, scientists…

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…