Core Sciences

  • Healing a battle-scarred mind

    Cause of PTSD: the immune system?

    Daniel* deployed to Iraq aged 24.  He thought he was invincible. His first firefight was intoxicating and Daniel quic...

    Biology April 20, 2015
  • Gut bacteria influencing your mood?

    Intestinal bacteria can boost the body’s production of serotonin.

    Microbes in the gut do more than aid our digestion – they may also alter our mood. Elaine Hsiao and her team at Calte...

    Biology April 20, 2015
  • Invisible mending for the human body

    Silicon sheets covered with nanoneedles.

    A person with severe burns could one day be wrapped in bandages lined with invisible needles say researchers at Imper...

    Biology April 20, 2015
  • E. Coli bacterium expand to more than a metre

    Detailed cut-paper sculpture expands bacterium over a metre.

    Credit: Rogan BrownArtist Rogan Brown created this incredibly detailed cut-paper sculpture of an E. coli bacteri...

    Biology April 17, 2015
  • Grapefruit compound huge commercial future

    Recreation of the flavour and scent of a grapefruit.

    Scientists have recreated the flavour and scent of a grapefruit in the lab, using an orange. But the work was far fro...

    Chemistry April 17, 2015
  • The clam that lost its shell

    How the octopus learnt to move.

    Octopuses probably evolved from animals similar to clams, with a protective outer shell and almost no movement to spe...

    Biology April 16, 2015
  • The entangled sound of quantum music

    Avant garde has nothing on this soundtrack.

    Two physicists have mapped out a way to create "quantum music" with the probability of two members of the audience he...

    Physics April 16, 2015
  • How curiosity boosts your memory

    Easier to learn about a subject we find interesting, but why?

    It's no secret that it is easier to learn about a subject we find interesting compared to one we find boring, but why...

    Biology April 16, 2015
  • Supplements linked to testicular cancer

    Body-building supplements pose higher risk for cancer.

    People using muscle-building supplements containing creatine or androstenedione have a significantly higher likelihoo...

    Biology April 15, 2015
  • GM salmonella anti-cancer therapy

    Kill cancer cells while keeping the patient safe from infection.

    Genetically modified Salmonella could be used to kill cancer cells while keeping the patient safe from infection, acc...

    Biology April 14, 2015
  • Blue light to replace a little blue pill?

    A new therapy jump-starts male members.

    Is it time to put Viagra to bed? Instead of a blue pill, erectile dysfunction could one day be treated with blue ligh...

    Biology April 13, 2015
  • Nanorobots made from DNA

    A way to engineer DNA into nanoscale machines.

    It carries the code for life, but that’s not all DNA is useful for. Researchers at Munich Technical University have b...

    Biology April 13, 2015
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