Biology Articles

  • Your personal microbial aura

    Thu, 29th Oct 2015

    As well as unique fingerprints, we might be identifiable by a personalised bacterial clou...

  • The Purpose of Pain

    Thu, 24th Sep 2015

    What is the purpose, if any, of pain? Would we be better off without it?

  • Sleep on it!

    Wed, 19th Mar 2014

    What does sleep do to your ability to make new memories? Alice Kay investigates...

  • Minister Willetts in the Windy City

    Sat, 22nd Feb 2014

    UK Science Minister David Willetts promotes science diplomacy in Chicago...

  • Clouds of Plankton

    Sun, 5th Jan 2014

    The tiny plants that inhabit the ocean (phytoplankton) have developed a remarkable mechan...

  • Teaching old dogs new tricks

    Thu, 12th Dec 2013

    Do you find it harder to learn and adapt to new things than you once did? Do you find you...

  • Mushroom Magic

    Thu, 21st Jun 2012

    The psychedelic drug psilocybin, the active principal of magic mushrooms, was once though...

  • No Smoke Detectors in the Sea

    Sat, 18th Feb 2012

    Ocean deadzones are triggered by nitrogen-fuelled bursts of microorganisms. So how does t...

  • Barnacles "mussel" in

    Fri, 9th Sep 2011

    Barnacles and mussels have an intimate relationship, but are they welcome house guests or...

  • Pain genes and perception

    Tue, 2nd Aug 2011

    Rare genetic mutations have been known to abolish pain, or to cause permanent agony. But ...

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