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New study finds blood vessels passing through ‘solid’ bone

As a species, humans understand a lot about their own physiology. Right down to the microscopic scale, we can describe systems and components that affect our health and wellbeing. And yet, even with all of our knowledge and the amazing rate of current medical advances, we are still unearthing completely novel elements of human anatomy. […]

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How the soap industry is responding to environmental pressures

Whether solid, liquid, or something in-between, everyone has very regular interactions with soap. The variation of facial soaps and cleansers that are tried, analysed and researched in the quest for clear skin can become intensive. But, what of the humbler hand-wash or shower gel? In new research published by Kantar Worldpanel’s strategic insight director, Tim Nancholas, […]

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Nasa’s InSight lander has finally reached the surface of Mars

On the evening of the 26th November, NASA’s InSight lander successfully touched down on the surface of Mars. An explosion of cheers,high-fives and hugs erupted in theJet Propulsion Laboratory as $814 million project landed safely on the red planet. The heady mix of elation and relief that spread through the scientists, en- gineers, mathematicians and mechan- […]

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Immunotherapy: the beacon of hope for cancer treatment

Cancer is an illness that has touched practically everybody’s lives in some way. The disease is indiscriminate, affecting friends, relatives, teachers and colleagues. Although mostly associated with more elderly patients, cancers such as melanoma and leukaemia exist in any age group. ‘Cancer’ is a very broad term for a number of different conditions. It is […]

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Marking the centenary of the 1918 flu pandemic

At this time of year, the influenza virus is a common talking point. The NHS is desperately trying to get flu vaccinations done. The echoes of coughs and sneezes ring through lecture theatres. Family members are feeling peaky. News outlets exploit the season every year, running endless stories claiming that this could be the worst […]

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The history of vaccines and the facts of the anti-vax movement

In the first year of a biology bachelor’s’ degree, or even before, the tale of Edward Jenner and his miraculous vaccination discovery is told. The story goes that Jenner used the first vaccine in 1796, inoculating a young boy with cowpox to give him protection against smallpox. As they are very similar viruses, the method […]

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Could AI help diagnose Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s Disease, a form of dementia, could be considered one of the more terrifying illnesses one can get. It starts slowly, with minor memory problems followed by disorientation and confusion (particularly in decision making). Issues with speech and language usually follow. In addition to the more common symptoms, the patient may suffer from personality changes […]

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The spooky science behind Halloween’s most iconic monsters

Halloween is fast approaching, and the majority of the student population start to look forward to costumes, pumpkins, and drinking opportunities. Rather than writing about the science of alcohol poisoning or hypothermia (seriously, wear a coat over your costume), we are going to be looking at the scientific basis behind everyone’s favourite monsters and costume […]