• Sun. Mar 3rd, 2024

Ben Thomas

PhD Student in the British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Science, interested in all things science.
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Test yourself on your dog knowledge: it’s for science

Do you think you know dogs? Then test yourself, for science! Everyone who is familiar with dogs can tell you that their behaviour is largely related to their breed. Chihuahuas…

Errors in science reporting

Pitiful science reporting is wrong: astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA is not 7 per cent different from that of his identical twin. Multiple articles asserted this, although it is basically impossible,…

Novichok: how does the deadly nerve agent work?

On the 22 March, detective sergeant Nick Bailey was discharged from hospital following exposure to Novichok in the Salisbury attack. Sgt Bailey had been seriously ill after responding to the…

The next generation of CRISPR-Cas9 begins

Being only announced five years ago, CRISPR-Cas9 still feels like a revolutionary new technique – but the next generation of CRISPR-Cas9 technology has already been created. A team of scientists…

Cannabis could help reduce systemic inflammation

A recent study has shown that a compound found in cannabis could help reduce systemic inflammation and immune activation. Regardless of its legal status, cannabis is a widely used drug…

Reviving an oasis

Can Afghanistan and Iran work together to reverse an ecological catastrophe, and re-engineer a dead oasis? The Hamon oasis sits on the Iran-Afghanistan border in the Sistan region, near the…

The naked truth about mole-rats

Recent work suggests that naked mole-rats are highly durable, resistant to many diseases, and seemingly live without ageing. The naked mole-rat has stood out to scientists for some time, as…

Heartbreak may be more literal than we assume

A recent study has shown that deterioration of relationships could lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in men. There has long been evidence that marital relationships impact upon…