UK Science

From Lab Bench To Children's Bedside - The Persistent Gender Gap In Science

Bethan Psaila | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Tech
Bethan Psaila

In academic medicine in the US and the UK, only 15-20% of tenured professors, departmental chairs, and senior scientific fellowship recipients are female. Interestingly, this is largely due to fewer women applying for senior level positions, rather than a bias by the awarding bodies. And when women do apply, they generally write less ambitious proposals and ask for less funding.

China's 'Unhackable' Quantum Satellite Has Sent Its First Message

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Tech

China has successfully shown that its experimental ‘quantum satellite’ can send an encrypted message over potentially huge distances. The satellit...

Should We Adopt Embryos?

Lucy Frith | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Frith

We are all familiar with the process of adopting children, but what about the idea of adopting embryos? There are a number of embryo adoption agencies in the US and the first, Snowflakes, began its embryo adoption programme twenty years ago.

Inspiring Father's Day Stories, 2017: Becoming A Dad Made Me Even More Determined To Ensure That Children's Cancers Effect As Few Families As Possible

Prof. Richard Gilbertson | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Parents
Prof. Richard Gilbertson

But I've never forgotten that. And I made it my ambition to be able to say that when I retire, 15% fewer children with brain tumours will die because of the work I'm part of. Giving up my stethoscope wasn't easy as I loved working with kids and doing medicine, but I knew that to achieve my goal, I'd have to do research.

The Future Of Nutrition Is Genetic Testing

Jodie Brandman | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jodie Brandman

About four months ago I decided to complete a genetic saliva test, and whilst anxiety prevented me from clicking on the breast cancer or Alzheimer's risk results, I did want to know everything about my ability to detoxify, hormone health, neurotransmitters, and how my body deals with histamine, so I took the raw data and sent it off to a trusted company.

Modern Humans Evolved 100,000 Years Earlier Than We Thought - And Not Just In East Africa

The Conversation UK | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

According to the textbooks, all humans living today descended from a population that lived in east Africa around 200,000 years ago. This is based on reliable evidence, including genetic analyses of people from around the globe and fossil finds from Ethiopia of human-like skeletal remains from 195,000-165,000 years ago.

Red Onions Are Excellent At Killing Cancer

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Tech

Red onions aren’t just an essential cooking ingredient, they could also be a vital tool in the battle against cancer. University of Guelph scientist...

This 'Walking' Fish Has Scientists Scratching Their Heads

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Tech

A diver has captured footage of a fish “walking” across the seabed, prompting scientists to to ponder whether it is in fact a new species not seen...

A Simple Blood Test Could Predict The Chances Of Surviving After An Operation

Press Association | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Tech

Something as simple as a blood test could help predict a patient’s chances of surviving after surgery, a study has suggested. By looking at the leve...

Scientists May Have Found A Way To 'Turn Off' Allergies

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Tech

Imagine, you undergo a single treatment and then for the rest of your life you’re no longer allergic to peanuts. This is a future that could eventua...

Mars Astronauts Must Be Prepared For 'Non-Survivable' Illnesses

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Tech

Astronauts making the long journey to Mars and potentially even further will need to have extensive medical skills far more advanced than the current ...

Scientists Detect An Event So Powerful It Caused Ripples In The Fabric Of Space And Time

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Tech

Scientists have, for only the third time in history, detected another burst of gravitational waves. They are essentially ripples in the very fabric of...

Astonishing Slow-Mo Video Captures What Happens Inside A Firework

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Tech

Fireworks are easily taken for granted when you think about it. Every year we go out buy them stick them in the mud and then just light them, letting ...

Climate Change Is Going To Start Ruining Your Sleep

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Tech

The odd bad night’s sleep can really ruin your day, but thankfully for many of us it’s not that common. Findings from a huge study in the US have ...

Scientists Could Develop A Treatment For Baldness After Stumbling On What Causes It

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Scientists may have accidentally discovered what causes baldness in a breakthrough that could eventually lead to a treatment. The researchers from Uni...

The Surprising Science Of Fidgeting

The Conversation UK | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

Look around your office and you will probably see people bouncing their legs up and down, turning pens over and over in their hands, chewing on things, sucking on their lower lips and pulling bits of their beard out - seemingly completely unconsciously. But why do we fidget, and why do some people do it more than others? And if it really helps to relieve stress, does that mean we should all embrace it?

Your Brain Has A 'Sixth Sense' That Thinks Ahead And Predicts The Future

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Tech

Scientists have discovered that the visual cortex of the brain has something of a hidden feature. In addition to determining what you perceive from yo...

Chronic Sleep Deprivation Causes The Brain To Literally Start Eating Itself

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Tech

Workaholics who regularly pull all-nighters aren’t just burning themselves out mentally, they could also be doing physical damage as well. Michele B...

Do You Have The Genes? A Large Study Has Uncovered The Genes Linked To Intelligence

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

According to a dictionary definition, intelligence is "the ability to learn, understand or deal with new situations" or "the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment or to think abstractly".

Sperm That Were Sent To Space Have Passed A Fertility Test

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Tech

Researchers have successfully bred a litter of mice pups using sperm that was frozen and then stored at the International Space Station. The scientist...

A New Cancer ‘Risk Marker’ Could Help Patients Survive The Disease

Press Association | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Tech

A new “risk marker” has been discovered for cancer that could help doctors detect the disease in patients far earlier than before. The researchers...

A Ride In Airbus' Flying Taxi Is A Lot Cheaper Than You Might Think

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Tech

Airbus has revealed that the cost of a trip in its self-driving flying taxi will be just £1-2 per mile. That’s about the same as it would cost you ...

Air Pollution Could Be Giving You A Bad Night's Sleep

Press Association | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Tech

People living in areas with high levels of air pollution have been found to be up to 60% more likely to suffer from sleep deprivation than those livin...

These Printed Solar Panels Are Actually Affordable

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Tech

Solar panels are becoming cheaper, there’s no doubt about that. However, even at their cheapest they’re seen as being hard to justify for many. We...

Scientists Have Been Able To Reverse Age-Related Blindness By Infecting The Eye With A Virus

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Tech

Scientists from Johns Hopkins have found a therapy that can actually preserve the vision of patients suffering from a form of age-related blindness. W...