In January 2013 Daivd Willetts, the Minister for Universities and Science made a speech announcing how a budget of £600m would be invested in ‘eight great technologies’. The eight technologies were chosen by experts from research councils and combine UK science strengths and business capabilities. The technologies are big data, space, robotics, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine, agriculture, energy storage and advanced […]

Scientists have found that exposing babies to peanuts protects them from developing allergies, turning decades old advice on its head. In Western countries the prevalence of peanut allergy among children has almost doubled in the past decade and the condition is rarely outgrown. The new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, compared […]

Ever since Alexander Fleming’s accidental discovery of penicillin in 1928, antibiotics have become a vital tool in the modern healthcare professional’s arsenal. In fact their usefulness became their downfall; strains of bacteria resistant to the action of antibiotics began to emerge in the mid 80s, leading to the development of synthetic versions of antibiotics that […]

Sometimes I call myself as a science blogger, I guess I am in the sense that I have a blog about science but I think in order to call myself a science blogger I actually have to post on my science blog at least semi-regularly. Currently my science blogging involves me writing numerous posts and […]

When you think of cool people doing cool jobs, scientists may not be the first set of people or profession you think of. In fact after you’ve accounted for musicians, hipster baristas and people who work in advertising, scientists are probably quite far down your cool job list. Scientists are stereotypically depicted as eccentric old men, wearing white lab coats, holding […]

“Don’t go outside with wet hair, you’ll catch your death!” BUT WILL YOU CATCH YOUR DEATH, OLD WIVES, WILL YOU? As a child I was a frequent swimmer and Grandma would regularly pick me up after swimming. Every week, especially during the winter months, she would be concerned that my wet hair would be the end of me […]

It hasn’t been plain sailing for the geckos sent to space on board the Russian satellite to see if they could/would have sex in zero gravity. Contact with the satellite was lost for several days not long after its launch, but thankfully restored.  Now the satellite has returned to Earth as planned, but sadly all 5 geckos on board died during […]