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Brain Sensing – New Citizen Science Project

By Tim Sandle

Ever wanted to help with scientific experiments, aiding understanding into health and disease? Well, now there’s an opportunity, if you’re based in the U.K. A new initiative has been launched called “#BritainBreathing”. The citizen science project that aims to engage people from the U.K. in collecting valuable health data. The aim is for people to […]

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Are We Losing Touch With Our Food?

By Tim Sandle

In modern society, with convenience food available from supermarkets and fast food outlets, is there a risk that populations are losing touch with their food? By this, the suggestion is becoming increasingly unaware of where the food comes from and how it is manufactured. The answer is yes, according to a study commissioned by the […]

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Modified Bitcoin Technology Set to Change the Energy Game

By Dean Smith

The smart plug by Accenture is set to search for the cheapest power supplier in the country (in real-time) and settle for the cheapest price that is currently available, reducing consumers’ electricity costs. If you have ever heard of blockchain, chances are it was because of the rise of cryptocurrencies, with the poster child being Bitcoin. Now, it appears, […]

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Why Are Some Pathogens Hard To Kill

By Tim Sandle

Most invading pathogenic bacteria are effectively dealt with by the body’s immune system, with immune cells sweeping towards the site of infection and engulfing the invading cells or killing them through other means. Some pathogens, however, are adept at resisting or avoiding the immune response. An example is certain types of Escherichia coli. As part […]

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Studying Galaxies Reveals The Mysterious Great Attractor

By Tim Sandle

Scientists have used the CSIRO’s Parkes 64-meter-long radio telescope (sited in Australia). By studying images from the immense instrument, astronomers have discovered hundreds of galaxies that were previously hidden from view. At the same time, they have found out about a gravitational anomaly called “the Great Attractor.” The reason may galaxies have been hidden […]

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Elasticity of Spider Silk Explained

By Tim Sandle

Scientists have discovered why the silk produced by a spider to make webs is so ‘elastic.’ This is because fragments of the silk’s protein threads act like a ‘super spring’, able to stretch to five times their initial length. Spider silk is a protein fibre spun by spiders. The silk is used to produce webs, […]

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Manipulating Plant Genes To Fight Viruses

By Tim Sandle

A research group have modified a plant gene, designed to combat bacterial infections, to fight a virus. This is the first time a plant defense system has been used to combat a new disease. The immune response in plants functions by sensing pathogens through damage caused to cell walls. The basis of the defense is […]

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3D Printing Helps The Blind To See

By Warren Simons

With today’s technological breakthroughs, one never knows what to expect next. In the old days, people would marvel at new inventions and exclaim, “Will wonders never cease?”.  Well, when you lo at some of the inventions of today, that old expression holds up, especially in a new way that the blind can see with 3D […]

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The Seriousness Of Cashew Nut Allergies Revealed

By Tim Sandle

Peanut allergies are well-publicized but a new finding indicates that allergies to cashew nuts will probably be serious for those who are allergic to this type of nut, in terms of the level needed to trigger anaphylaxis. To assist with the study of cashew nut reactions, researchers have developed a method to purify the […]

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