Biology Articles

  • The Purpose of Pain

    Thu, 24th Sep 2015

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

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    Predicting the Genomic Future

    Tue, 30th Apr 2013

    A genetic screen tells your doctor knows you are at increased risk of getting cancer. Yo...

  • 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...

  • Bigfoot: The Nitrogen Problem

    Tue, 14th Aug 2012

    Less than 5% of the nitrogen added to crops to feed animals ends up as meat in our mouths...

  • Mushroom Magic

    Thu, 21st Jun 2012

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

  • I'm a Civet: Get me out of here!

    Tue, 27th Sep 2011

    It’s pretty easy to get lost when you venture deep into the Jungle of Lambusango on the I...

  • 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 ...

  • The Ocean's Cleaners

    Thu, 10th Mar 2011

    The seabed is surprisingly clean considering the amount of waste, both natural and man-ma...

  • What is Love?

    Thu, 11th Feb 2010

    “Love is the drug and I need to score,” sang Bryan Ferry in the seventies, earning him a ...

  • Don't Worry, be Happy!

    Tue, 29th Dec 2009

    We’re all searching for happiness, but do we really know what this is or where to find it...

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