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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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People With Anxiety Issues See The World Differently

By Tim Sandle

People who suffer with high levels of anxiety perceive the world differently to those who are calmer, according to a new psychological study. The differences in perception may account for why some people are prone to anxiety than others (the inference being that the differences in perception trigger anxious responses, rather than anxiety itself […]

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What’s the Point of NASA?

By Tim Sandle

Going to the moon, orbiting the Earth, planning a manned mission to Mars. Is there any point to the activities of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)? Actually there is. Many experiments, require micro-gravity environments, are conducted in space and this has led to a number of innovations. In addition they are by-products […]

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Gold-Filled Graphene Patch Helps With Diabetes

By Tim Sandle

Taking the special properties of the carbon based material graphene – light, transparent, strong – with the additional electrochemical properties of gold, researchers have produced a skin patch for the treatment of diabetes. The patch provides an alternative treatment option to injections. The patch is electronic and it is configured to sense excess glucose in […]

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Lighting Up Disease Carrying Mosquitoes

By Tim Sandle

A scientist has devised a simple technique for detecting genetic material from West Nile and chikungunya virus in samples, taken from mosquitoes. To help in the battle against disease carrying mosquitoes, Dr. Robert Meagher, of Sandia National Laboratories, has devised a new method for simultaneously detecting a range of mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria. To […]

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Will the US Resume Hazardous Virus Experiments?

By Tim Sandle

Scientists and policy makers are discussing whether studies that have the potential to create virulent and transmissible forms of viruses should be allowed to recommence in the US. Such studies, due to the fear of a virus being released into the community, have been suspended for a couple of years. Selective experiments on viruses, like […]

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Success In Using Fat Cells To Mend Bone

By Tim Sandle

Biologists have discovered that adipose tissue (fat) is a natural storehouse of cells with healing properties. According to a report in Science News, difference research groups are exploring the possibility of  using cells found in fat to help other parts of the human body to heal. In particular, the University of Pittsburgh have been extracting […]

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New Antibody Treatment For Avian Flu

By Tim Sandle

Scientists from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center have isolated human antibodies against a specific type of bird flu (H7N9 strain). This type of bird flu has killed in excess of 200 people in China since 2012. The influenza poses a risk for the future, in terms of a pandemic threat. Avian flu, according to the […]

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