Science & Technology
A few months ago, I received a message from a friend saying something along the lines of ‘You haven’t tweeted in a while, is everything OK?’ – At first it seemed like such a random thing to say. Does tweetlessness indicate illness?
The ability of certain pathogens, such as those which cause malaria, influenza and HIV, to disguise themselves and evade host immunity poses an enormous challenge to developing vaccines against these important diseases. Just what do these bugs have in their wardrobes that enables them to keep outwitting us? Can we find a way to use this knowledge against them?
The flush of flowering of poppies in a field makes the point very visually – the control of flowering time is a tightly regulated process. All the poppies choose to flower within a day or two of each other, having individually integrated a range of environmental and endogenous signals over many months.
Understanding how males and females in animals in general differ at the genetic level helps us understand human sex differences.
For those of you who have watched James Cameron’s Avatar, if you cast your mind back you might remember that in this film a well-informed fantastical ecology was created, with many of its constituent animals and plants showing utterly alien traits, such as six-legged elephant-horses, and bizarre iridescent blue plants.
Born and raised in Tunisia, I was taught at a very early age how to praise education and knowledge. However, as in any developing country, resources for cutting- edge research are always limited. So, I knew that I had to leave and explore the world.
Google Maps expands cycle directions across Europe and Australia and wants you to help fill in the gaps
Google have extended support for cycle routes and directions across the UK, Europe and Australia. Now Google is calling on all cyclists to help map out the missing pieces, helping to make cycle route coverage as comprehensive and accurate as possible.
My research group is interested in cell growth and cancer – we work on human cancer cells, but many of our ideas have come from studying growth in flies.
Two weeks ago Android 4.1 ‘Jelly bean’ made it’s way into the hands of developers and journalists around the world, ahead of it’s official public release this month. After living with Jelly Bean for a fortnight, here’s my review of Google’s latest and greatest mobile OS.
What struck me the most about the film ‘Chernobyl Diaries’, which I had put off for as long I could, was the shameless insensitivity it shows towards the hundreds of thousands of people who have suffered and continue to suffer from the 1986 nuclear disaster. The film portrays Chernobyl’s victims as deformed flesh-eating zombies who haunt the abandoned city of Prypiat.
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