Core Sciences

  • Bats – the sonar saboteurs

    Bats jam each other’s signals in airborne battles over prey.

    Mexican free-tailed bats use sonar to navigate, hunt and communicate. It turns out they also use it for sabotage, acc...

    Biology December 1, 2014
  • Effects of cocaine and fear

    Cocaine and fear mapped on transparent brains.

    CLARITY – the technique that gave us the transparent mouse – have used the technique to show the effects of cocaine a...

    Biology November 20, 2014
  • Watch a quail embryo develop in 13 seconds

    The winner of the Nikon Small World in Motion competition.

    The winner of the Nikon Small World in Motion competition was a 3D reconstruction of the 10-day incubation of a quail...

    Biology October 21, 2014
  • Ebola against other deadly diseases

    How Ebola shapes up against other fatal diseases.

    London-based data journalist David McCandless has come up with this graphic, comparing the deadliness of diseases and...

    Biology October 21, 2014
  • ALS: ice bucket challenge donations

    Scientists get to work on ALS with viral challenge donations.

    The ice bucket challenge craze to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehri...

    Biology October 17, 2014
  • Ebola: No quick solutions

    A look at the state of the crisis and potential treatments.

    The current Ebola outbreak is not only the worst that the world has ever seen, it is worse than all previous outbreak...

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

    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 on “Getting away with Murder”.

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

    Biology September 11, 2014
  • Learning to speak advanced penguin

    An effort to understand what the birds are saying.

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

    Biology July 30, 2014
  • Measuring gravity: Have we finally cracked it?

    Physicists use a fountain of cold atoms to close in on Big G.

    More than 300 years after Sir Isaac Newton first grappled with calculating the strength of gravity, measurements cont...

    Physics July 14, 2014
  • Gene that doubles risk of lung cancer

    Gene that when misspelt increases risk of breast cancer.

    The world’s longest-lived person, Jeanne Louise Calment, smoked until she was 117 and never got lung cancer. Was she ...

    Biology June 9, 2014
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