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Scientists search for solutions to toxin build-up in sharks

If animal cruelty isn’t enough of a reason not to eat sharks, then I think this might do the trick. Sharks, as their appearance suggests, are apex predators: they eat other animals. Other animals that have been eating other organisms. All of whom have picked up some level of toxins on their quest for survival. […]

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Prof. Murray Roberts talks on the deep seas

When was the last time you thought about the deep sea, that mysterious place we know less about than the surface of the moon? Despite being surrounded by it on all sides, many of us take little time to think about the destruction being wrought on this often overlooked ecosystem. Personally, it was only upon […]

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There’s More to Sharks than Shark Week

Misunderstood, hunted, and killed by the millions, sharks might just be the animal that needs our help the most. Since 1988, Discovery has dedicated a week to all things shark- and it just so happens we have finished this year’s rendition. Though it has its role in shark conservation, it clearly isn’t its main purpose, […]

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Scientists discover Helium’s blackhole behaviour

To most people helium might be little more than a fun, if not a little adrenaline-inducing, gas to fool around with. But there is much more to this little molecule than making you sound like Spongebob Squarepants. For one, it might help answer some of the biggest questions in physics today. The Student contacted Prof. […]

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Are dying coral reefs an indication of a dying planet?

Coral reefs might just be the most important biological structure on the planet. Not only do they house 25 per cent of marine life and provide coastline protection, they also may hold the key to curing cancer, arthritis and a myriad of other afflictions. Yet our voracious appetite for fossil fuels might just shatter the […]

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3 things you might not know about the chemistry of water

Water is a poor conductor of electricity The ability to conduct electricity is defined by a substance’s ability to carry a stream of electrons. In order to do this, there needs to be free moving ions present (i.e atoms or molecules that have a charge). Water can carry a charge because some of its molecules […]