Science

The story of leprosy: from 2000 BCE to now

Throughout human history, very few diseases have carried the levels of stigma and shame that leprosy brings upon it’s sufferers.…

The resistance to resistance: 3 strikes, you’re out!

CHANCES ARE YOU have heard about antibiotic resistance. It is one of the biggest biological issues of our time, first…

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),…

A brief history of the hangover

For the last 12, 000 years (at least) humans have been purposefully mixing fermented grain drinks, possibly even before the…

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…

Epigenetics: a 21st century scientific revolution

It is likely that everybody has heard of genetics, the study of the genes that determine our inherited traits, but…

The sad story of Typhoid Mary Mallon

In the summer of 1906, the Warren family were summering on Long Island when six out of the eleven people…

Artificial animal wombs show hope for premature babies

The concept of creating an artificial womb that replicates the perfectly balanced conditions of a mother might seem unrealistic or…

World Penguin Day: Overfishing and climate change impacts penguin populations

World Penguin Day is celebrated on the 25th April every year. This coincides roughly with the start of the annual…

Warm winters drive the spread of Lyme disease

As climate change drives the spread of Lyme disease carrying ticks across new areas of the Northern Hemisphere, we still…

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…