Speakeasy: How do we selectively attend to sounds?

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By Marie Rogers Imagine you’re at a classy cocktail party. The room is noisy: there’s a band playing and everyone around you is talking loudly. Yet you have no problem blocking out all… Continue reading

Biting back malaria

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By Lauren Hoskin Results released on the 8th of October revealed that scientists are making promising progress in the development of an effective malaria vaccine, RTS,S. The vaccine could potentially save millions of… Continue reading

Eye-catching Crustaceans

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By Anna Tiley At first glance the mantis shrimp may seem to be just another brightly coloured marine crustacean but in fact it has an incredible way of visualising the world.

Having a tough day? Smile, you’ll feel better

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By Marie Rogers When you think about your conscious self, the “I” that controls the decisions that you make, where do you think of it residing? Most peoples’ intuitive feeling about the mind… Continue reading

The changing flora of obesity

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By Lauren Hoskin It has long been known that human bodies do not exist as a single organism. In fact, we go to bed each night with 100 trillion microbes tucked up cosily… Continue reading

Keep your friends close; keep your enemies’ DNA

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By Anna Tiley This July I spent a day volunteering at Soapbox Science in London, an exciting event aimed at promoting women in Science. I was paired with Dr. Ravinder Kanda who gave… Continue reading

A world more colourful

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By Marie Rogers It is a beautiful day: the sky is blue, the trees are green and the poppies are red. I feel lucky to be a trichromat so I can appreciate these… Continue reading

The Fast Track to Longevity

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By Lauren Hoskin It’s 1pm and my parents are sitting down for their lunchtime mug of vegetable stock, approximately 12 calories. Having being on the fasting diet for over a year, my mum… Continue reading

UV got sun cream on, right?

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By Lauren Hoskin With an ever-increasing number of pasty Brits working 360 days in the office, only to fly out for five days of sun in the Costa del Sol, it is no… Continue reading

Stopping the Cereal Killer

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By Anna Tiley With the world’s population predicted to exceed 9 billion people by 2050, serious concerns are being raised about future food availability. A big challenge will be to produce sufficient food… Continue reading