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Five Of The Most Incredible Parasites

By Tim Sandle

Parasitism is a general term for a ‘non-mutual symbiotic relationship’ between species. Here one species – the parasite – benefits at the expense of the other (called the host). Parasites rarely kill their host; however, carrying a parasite can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms. Parasites range in size from tiny, one-celled organi (protozoa) to […]

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Our Queen At 90

By Alexander Baron

The British Royal Family and the Queen in particular have long been easy targets for those of particular political persuasion. ’Er indoors is portrayed as a wealthy parasite battening off the toiling and exploited masses. As might be expected, this hour and a half documentary paints an alternative and far objective portrait. Elizabeth The Great is […]

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Muhammad Ali At The O2

By Mark Taha

[This exhibition was reported here previously; this is Mark Taha’s first hand account]. An excellent day out, the only fault I could find would be no real mention of Ken Norton. For the rest, it’s great. On entry, they give you an audiophone with which to listen to various recordings, of limited use to us […]

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Eating Healthy Fats Lowers Diabetes Risk

By Tim Sandle

New research shows that the regular consumption of healthy fats lowers the possibility for a person developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes mellitus type 2 is a long term metabolic disorder that is characterized by high blood sugar, insulin resistance, and relative lack of insulin. If untreated it can lead to organ damage. A new study suggests […]

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Does A Brain Parasite Cause Road Rage?

By Tim Sandle

A connection between the parasite Toxoplasma gondii and outbursts of anger has been found. People with intermittent explosive disorder (manifest as outbursts of anger) are twice as likely to have been infected with the parasite, according to a new study. gondii is a parasitic micro-sized animal, and it is capable of infecting virtually all warm-blooded […]

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Chelsea Pitch Owners — The Way Ahead For All Sports?

By Alexander Baron

Sport today is a big money business, but it hasn’t always been that way. True, heavyweight bo has always attracted big money; Sonny Liston received a million dollar purse for a world title fight in 1963, but here are a few other facts to consider. In 1927, Joe Davis won £6 10 shillings prize money […]

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Secrets Of A Deadly Flatworm Revealed

By Tim Sandle

A harmful, parasitic flatworm, responsible for millions of infections worldwide, survives in the human bloodstream for decades. Researchers have been puzzled why the creature can survive for so long. They now have an answer – this is by constantly renewing its skin. The flatworm in question is called Schistosoma mansoni (“schistosomes.”) The worm possesses a […]

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Space Bacteria? One Microbe Grows Better In Space

By Tim Sandle

For several years scientists on-board the International Space Station have been examining samples of microorgani and examining how they perform in micro-gravity environments compared with conditions on Earth. Such research is necessary should bacteria and fungi be used as food sources on deep space missions, or even used to help establish a Mars colony. The […]

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Why Is The Human Nose So Big?

By Tim Sandle

“It takes a big nose who knows…” Morrissey once sang; but that song about plagiarism aside, why is the human nose so big? At least bigger relative to other primates. It seems that the larger nose confers an evolutionary advantage. A key function of the nose and nasal cavity is to function as an “air conditioner” (as well as […]

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Best Concert Venues Are Shaped Like A Shoe Box

By Tim Sandle

There are many great concert venues and auditoriums in the world. But which are best? The Albert Hall? Sydney Opera House? Everyone will have his or her own opinion. A big influence is the shape, it seems from a new study. Research has revealed that concert halls in the shape of a shoe box help create […]

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