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by Sarah, 17 January 2014 | 0 comments

a large black spider with an orange back.

Written by Neha Karl Are you scared of spiders or heights? According to recent research, someone in your family could be the reason for your phobia. We have long thought that a phobia or fear is caused by a mix of personal experiences and the environment we live in. This idea was challenged recently

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The friends you may not know you had News

by Pat, 29 November 2013 | 0 comments

Electron microscope image of bacteria.

Coral reefs, rainforests, wetlands – these are just a few examples of ecosystems. But you don’t have to go travelling far and wide to find them. You have your own personal ecosystem that goes wherever you go: your microbiome.

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Extract DNA from a banana! Activity

by Carol Saab, 8 August 2013 | 4 comments

DNA is the blueprint and genetic guide for every living thing, and units of DNA are tiny. So how can we see it with our own eyes? Many DNA units form a long, stringy molecule that is easily visible and easy to extract from particular living things, like peas or a banana.

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Royal grave – no parking News

by Pat, 8 February 2013 | 0 comments

Skeleton of King RIchard III showing his curved spine.

The graves of kings and emperors: pyramids in Egypt, terracotta armies in China and … a car park in England? A team from the University of Leicester announced they discovered the remains of King Richard III under a council car park.

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Something to Bragg about News

by Pat, 23 November 2012 | 1 comments

Two diffractometers: one from the 1970s and another from the present day.

Written by Jarrod Green If Lawrence Bragg was still alive he really could be boastful. This November marks the centenary of crystallography. It’s a powerful technique Bragg helped to develop for studying the structure of chemicals.

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