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  • COVID Testing Explained

    Since the start of lockdown in the UK back in March, the government has been “tweaking” its covid-19 testing strategy. Targeted testing, only symptomatic people, mass testing etc. Until last week (6th Nov, 2020), the only widely available tests were PCR (I’ll explain more in a mome...
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  • The Robot Doctor Will See You…Eventually

    At the start of lockdown in the UK back in March (2020, if anyone needs reminding…), doctors surgeries closed their doors to walk in appointments and everything went as online as possible. Whilst many would have been sceptical of a virtual consultation, I also think many have been surpri...
  • Bigger Questions: Is Time Real?

    To many, time is a way of telling us when to do things or expect things to be done: when to meet, when to eat, when to sleep, but what is the scientific definition of time? One source defines it as the “indefinite and continuous duration…in which events succeed one another&ldq...
  • Covid on the Brain

    As we pass 6 months of lockdown measures in the UK, some long term symptoms of covid-19 are starting to emerge. Alongside viral fatigue and continued breathing difficulties, less obvious, neurological, health problems are becoming more of a concern. So what do we know about the effects of coronaviru...
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  • Could Venom Save the Honeybee?

    Could honeybee venom be used to kill aggressive cancel cells? This is the news out this month (Sept’ 2020) from research into bee venom. We all know how wonderful and important the honeybee is to our lives, but could its venom now be a key to cancer prognosis? Honeybees are fundamental t...
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  • Is Sitting the New Smoking?

    I recently heard this line in an episode of popular American sitcom Modern Family, "sitting is the new smoking". It was an off hand comment but during the pandemic, lockdown and general office-style working, sitting has risen exponentially. What evidence is there that sitting is bad for our health? ...
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  • Explosive Ammonium Nitrate: What, How, Why?

    BY NOW YOU HAVE ALL SEEN THE HORRIFIC FOOTAGE OF THE EXPLOSION IN BEIRUT WHICH OCCURRED ON THE 4TH AUGUST, INJURING MORE THAN 5,000 AND KILLING AT LEAST 135 PEOPLE (AS OF THURS 6TH AUG), WHILST THE SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS CONTINUES. HERE WE WILL DISCUSS WHAT IS LIKELY TO HAVE CAUSED THE EXPLO...
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  • The Perfect Dunk

    THE AMAZING NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY SERIES, THE LAST DANCE, TELLS OF THE INCREDIBLE BASKETBALL CAREER OF MICHAEL JORDAN AND THE CHICAGO BULLS. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A DUNK IN BASKETBALL TERMS, I SUGGEST YOU WATCH IT. HERE WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT TEA AND BISCUITS, SORRY BASKETBALL FANS. TEA...
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  • Follow the Scent

    IT’S FAIR TO SAY I LOVE DOGS AND I SHARE THIS OPINION WITH A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF THE PLANET, BUT AS WELL AS THEIR ADORABLENESS DO YOU KNOW WHAT MAKES DOGS REALLY IMPRESSIVE? THEIR INCREDIBLE SENSE OF SMELL. FIND OUT HOW RESEARCHERS ARE UTILISING THIS IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST DISEASES, EV...
  • Henrietta Lacks: Fundamental to Medical Research

    IN SCHOOL WE’RE TAUGHT ABOUT MANY SCIENTIFIC ADVANCES, FROM DNA IDENTIFICATION WITH WATSON AND CRICK, RADIATION RESEARCH WITH MARIE CURIE, AND NATURAL SELECTION WITH CHARLES DARWIN. I CAN GUARANTEE HOWEVER, THAT YOU HAVE NOT LEARNT ABOUT HENRIETTA LACKS AND EVEN SCIENTISTS, UNLE...
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