We all remember Microsoft's brief sojourn in facial analytics earlier this year, the 'How Old' website which guessed the age of people on social media with varying degrees of success. But chronological age is not what matters here; instead it is the rate at which a person is biologically aging, which can be affected by their lifestyle and environment.
I find maps intoxicating. My house is full of dusty sheet maps, sailing almanacs (and I don't even sail), atlases, tourist maps and diagrams that have been sketched on napkins and I dare not discard. Maps are to me the constant, bewitching possibility of exploration. They are the places I have never been, the wild spaces I have never seen, the intoxicating promise of adventures untold.
The UK and Irish national meteorological offices recently announced a pilot scheme to name severe wind storms that will affect Ireland and the UK this winter. Why? Giving a wind storm a name raises awareness, it gives the storm personality and ultimately helps people prepare for severe weather.
There's a reason of course for Dawkins' line of questioning. He is a scientist and probing goes with the territory. But Dawkins' relentless curiosity appears to have killed any sensibilities he has about how human beings operate.
We call for government to require politicians and civil servants to engage with researchers. Open and permanent programmes to bridge the gap between scientific research and policy should be hallmarks of every government.
I really do hope that the show establishes a lifelong interest in science for my children and encourages them to ask why and how things work. I look forward to continuing to find myself humming the theme tune at work and hearing my children saying Balabalaboomboom! for the foreseeable future at least.
Bonkers! How else could you describe a heart doctor in the middle of ground-breaking PhD research into de-mystifying the intricate fibres of our heart muscle who takes up triathlon as a distraction from desk work? Meet Dr Laura-Ann McGill, or LA as she's fondly known.
The scarcity of female science professors is probably due to a combination of all the reasons above and others. It is essential, therefore, that we educate all academics about the equality of choice.
Animal research has helped conceive, optimize and now upgrade from human blood transfusions so facilitating a critical, lifesaving procedure for both humans and animals. Fresh new blood can often make the difference between life and death.
I always knew that I had a 'famous' relative who was a scientist from what my family told me, but Miss Bilderbeck was the first person that sparked my interest in science and widened my knowledge of Rosalind's work. Clearly her enthusiasm was infectious and has stuck with me ever since.
What drives us to become more motivated, creative, or intelligent? These questions have plagued philosophers and scientists for thousands of years and they continue to fuel scientific investigation. Especially now, as we are confronted with increasingly complex problems. However, these questions are just outcomes of something more core, curiosity.
From an early age girls and boys learn what jobs men do and what women do. Few kick against what is expected of them, and it's difficult for parents w...
1999! It's all of 16 years since The Matrix hit the big screen and fuelled the dreams of conspiracy theorists the world over. Everybody loves a good...
In a world where there's a competition for practically every single oddity, for some reason memory competitions (the one you might think to be the most relevant to the ordinary person) get no love. Why?
What does this mean to medical science today? Unfortunately, measuring quantum effects in a complex system like the human body in controlled laboratory conditions is near-impossible. It is also too involved to be fully accessible to mathematical proof.
I always had a very basic view of how infectious diseases work: our bodies are normally clean and free of 'bad bugs', then we touch a door handle with all of those brightly coloured rods on it (as beautifully demonstrated in those Dettol adverts) , then we get ill. But is it really as simple as this?