I, Science Magazine – Bitcoin$

Magazine feature, published online September 6th 2013 As the financial crisis in Europe continues, could Bitcoin be the solution to our economic woes? Before pounds and dollars, you could use solid gold in exchange for goods. There was a limited…

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BBC News online (Science) – Silver trumps gold in nano advance

Originally posted on BBC News online (Science), September 6th 2013 Scientists have come up with a better way to make silver nanoparticles, which are used in textiles and cosmetics. The tiny metallic particles are often used because of their anti-bacterial…

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BBC News Online (Health) – TB has human, not animal origins says study

Originally posted on BBC News online (Health), September 2nd 2013 The origins of human tuberculosis have been traced back to hunter-gatherer groups in Africa 70,000 years ago, an international team of scientists say. The research goes against common belief that…

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BBC News online (Health) – Early step in sleeping sickness cure

News, August 21st 2013 Scientists have taken a tentative step towards creating a cure for the most common form of sleeping sickness. The gambiense strain of the trypanosoma parasite is resistant to proteins the immune system produces to fight the…

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Refractive Index – To patent or not to patent?

Feature, July 1st 2013 Patenting human genetic sequences has been going on for decades, and has allowed biotech companies all over the world to monopolise the market for genetic testing. But, for better or worse, a the recent ruling of…

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Refractive Index – Lighting the way towards the future of science funding

Feature, June 7th 2013 The generally accepted scientific method goes something like this: a group of scientists get together and come up with a theory, they make predictions based on this theory, and then set up an experiment to test…

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I, Science – Food for thought

Book review, August 9th 2013 Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal Mary Roach Oneworld Publications (2013) Only a lucky few have had their arms squeezed by the stomach of a cow. Mary Roach is one of them. She didn’t just…

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I, Science – Biotech beasts

Book review, July 29th 2013 Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts Emily Anthes Oneworld Publications (2013) Dolphins with prosthetic tails, spy beetles armed with robots, resurrected pets from frozen DNA… You name it, they’re doing it. Scientists…

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I, Science – Fran Scott, DIY Scientist

Magazine feature, May 24th 2013 When I met Fran Scott and picked small wooden splinters from her jumper, I could tell she wasn’t your ordinary science communicator. She develops scientific demonstration for various outlets including TV, radio and books. Simply…

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I, Science – Goggle vision

Feature, May 16th 2013 Humans might be the dominant species on land, but we’ve fared less well underwater, partly due to our inability to see clearly. This meant a world of adventure was inaccessible to us until the invention of…

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