Biology

  • Whale holds the secrets to longer human life?

    The bowhead whale is the longest living mammal on Earth.

    The bowhead whale is the longest living mammal on Earth - it can live for more than 200 years and shows little eviden...

    Biology January 7, 2015
  • Building a robin red breast from Lego

    A flock of British birds using Lego.

    Tim Poulson has created a flock of British birds using Lego – a robin, kinfisher, puffin, goldfinch, woodpecker and b...

    Biology January 2, 2015
  • Seeing and believing

    When seeing and believing aren’t the same.

    The above circles are not moving, although they appear to be. The image comes from Clive Gifford's book Eye Benders: ...

    Biology January 2, 2015
  • 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
  • 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

    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
  • 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
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