Biology

  • Why the sperm whale has a huge head

    It's a massive organ used for echolocation.

    The profile of the sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus, is unmistakeable. The creature’s huge, blunt head makes up at...

    Biology October 13, 2014
  • Ebola: No quick solutions

    With deaths caused by the virus now passing 4,000 we take a look at the state of the crisis and w...

    A coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the Ebola virus (blue) budding from an infected cell. Infection resu...

    Biology October 13, 2014
  • Dark nights could be better for our health than we thought

    It's all about the production of melatonin.

    It could be time to get heavier curtains in your bedroom. A new study has added to the growing evidence that sleeping...

    Biology October 6, 2014
  • Can you get away with murder?

    Gwen Pearson over on Wired points us to a fascinating panel she was on recently.Titled “Getting Away with Murder” it ...

    Biology September 11, 2014
  • Learning to speak advanced penguin

    Italian scientists have listened to hundreds of audio and video vocal recordings from a large captive colony of Afric...

    Biology July 30, 2014
  • Scientists identify gene that doubles risk of lung cancer

    The gene that when misspelt increases the risk of breast cancer poses added risk for smokers, too...

    While scientists may have identified a gene that increases risk of lung cancer, their advice is to stop smoking befor...

    Biology June 9, 2014
  • An alimentary guide to microbes

    Scientists have little idea exactly what microbes live in our intestines but believe they play an...

    iStock Two facts about the human body often surprise people. One is that our bowels are outside our bodies ...

    Biology April 14, 2014
  • Sniffing out cancer

    We've know for some time that dogs can detect the scent of diseases including cancer, but new...

    Dogs trained over five years show they correctly sniff out bladder cancer in urine samples 93% of the time. – Corbis...

    Biology March 10, 2014
  • Make your own spare parts

    Can 3D printing solve the organ donor shortage?  By Mark Peplow.

    The tiny body on the operating table is not breathing. All around him the medical staff at the C.S. Mott Children’s H...

    Biology January 5, 2014
  • Poo transplants to treat range of diseases

    Other people’s faeces is something we instinctively avoid, but the emerging science of the human ...

    We face some pretty grim treatment options for the sake of our health. We swallow foul-tasting pills, vaccinate ourse...

    Biology May 1, 2012
  • Deep sea glass sponge

    The sea sponge occupies a niche position in taxonomy – not quite an animal but also not a fungus ...

    The dried siliceous skeleton of the deep sea glass sponge, Euplectella. – Wikimedia Sponges are considered ...

    Biology March 6, 2012
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