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Fighting The Bean Blight That Damages Crops

By Tim Sandle

A disease called common blight, caused by bacteria of the Xanthomonas genus, affects the yield and quality of bean crops. Tackling this global disease with chemicals has proven to be difficult and costly, plus there is the issue of the effect of crop chemicals on the general environment. New research suggests the disease can be resisted by […]

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Being Popular Results In Fewer Head Lice

By Tim Sandle

Being popular and the center of the social scene counts in the monkey world (perhaps in a similar way to human societies). At least this is so on the basis of head lice. Female monkeys that are popular and attract the greatest interest from male monkeys tend to be groomed frequently. As a consequence […]

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Using Bacteria To Power A Robot

By Tim Sandle

Bacteria can be used to power a micro-sized robot by propelling it in a certain direction. This is remarkable enough, but now engineers and microbiologists have managed to fully control the direction and avoid obstacles on the way. The devices in question are called “bio-robots” and they are essentially a computer chips coated with motile […]

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The Remarkable Flight Of The Hummingbird

By Tim Sandle

Hummingbirds are remarkable creatures; they are among the smallest known avian species, the largest measuring just to 5 inches across (easy to fit into the palm of your hand). The birds are so-called because of the humming sound generated by their beating wings, which flap at high frequencies and so fast they have the highest metabolism of […]

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Plankton Taking Over The Arabian Sea

By Tim Sandle

Large winter blooms of Noctiluca scintillans can be disrupting the marine ecosystem of the Arabian Sea; the levels of the tiny creatures are at record numbers. Interestingly, the plankton is an algae-filled single celled organism. They appear as a sea of blue and green, as visualized by a satellite like NASA’s Aqua device. Aqua (EOS PM-1) is a […]

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Key Pollinators At Risk

By Tim Sandle

According to a report from the IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), a considerable number of pollinator species worldwide are headed towards extinction. This includes bees, as the primary pollinator of crops. However, other creatures also make their contribution, including butterflies, flies, moths, wasps, beetles, birds, bats and other animals. The impact […]

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How Major Tim Peake Met Parliamentarians

By Tim Sandle

Major Tim Peake, the first British man in space, has spen with members of the British Parliament via video link-up. The video conversation was sponsored by the Royal Society for Biology, as a way to promoting public understanding of science (a project called “Voice of the Future.”) Major Peake is a former regular British Army […]

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Being Shorter Or Fatter Influences Life Chances

By Tim Sandle

Does how you lo or how you act influence your life chances? Sociological research as previously established that people from lower-income backgrounds tend to have a higher body mass index (a common measure to assess ideal weight), and this is attributed to poorer diet rich in saturated fats. University of Essex researchers have decided to […]

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Origami Tools Make Surgery More Precise

By Tim Sandle

Surgical techniques and methods have advanced considerably in recent years; however, there are still many improvements that can be made to either protect the patient or to improve the precision of the methods used. One thing being loed at is how to make smaller incisions. Generally the smaller the incision, the lower the risk of […]

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