Alastair Burgess

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'We cannot survive without insects'

Many people see insects as annoying pests. But British biologist Dave Goulson cautions: A world without insects is a dull place without coffee and …

Insects

Michigan University scientists create world's smallest computer device

By PTI<p>WASHINGTON: Scientists have developed the world's smallest computer - a device that measures just 0.3 millimetres and could help find new ways …

Nanotech

New human gene tally reignites debate

NEWS<p>Some fifteen years after the human genome was sequenced, researchers still can’t agree on how many genes it contains.<p>Search for this author …

Genetics

The Weird, Ever-Evolving Story of DNA

Carl Zimmer’s sprawling new book, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh, forces readers to reconsider what they think they know about genetics and heredity.<p>In 1555, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V announced his plans to abdicate, and his 28-year-old son, Philip II, became the king of Spain the following year. …

Genetics

Dolphins are among the rare mammals who can see electricity

Not only do dolphins have insane healing powers, but it turns out that they're the only mammals who can detect electrical fields. Sure, I can detect …

Dolphins

We're not prepared for the genetic revolution that's coming

When humans’ genetic information (known as the genome) was mapped 15 years ago, it promised to change the world. Optimists anticipated an era in …

Genetics

Hawaii Volcano Kilauea: What Happens After It Erupts?

Just when we thought it couldn't get worse, it's getting worse.<p>Since Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano first erupted on May 3, it has spewed giant rocks the …

Kilauea

Hawaii Kilauea Volcano: 17th Fissure Is Dangerously Close to Geothermal Plant

Scientists aren't sure when it will stop.<p>Since the Kilauea volcano erupted on May 3, fissures began appearing near the volcano emitting steam and …

Kilauea

When You Understand The Math Behind Eye Charts, You Can Test Someone's Vision From Two Miles Away

Calculating a person's visual acuity requires some extremely precise measurements — but once you have the math down, you can have some fun with …

The Physics of Swinging a Mass on a String for Fun

Occasionally there are physics lab demonstrations that I think are pretty awesome but that my students just think are "meh." This is one of those …

Only 17% of people can correctly answer the world's shortest IQ test — see if you're one of them

• <b>A three-question logical assessment is said to be the world's shortest IQ test.</b>• <b><br>The quicker you answer the question, the higher your IQ is.</b>• <b><br>Only 17% of</b> …

Bacteria may be powerful weapon against antibiotic resistance

<b>(Associated Press)</b><p>Some microbes are able to “eat” antibiotics, using them as a nutritious food to grow and multiply<p>Terence Crofts<p>May 6, 2018 11:29pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>When I was a child, my parents gave me a sweet pink syrup to destroy the bacteria …

Zebrafish Help Unlock Clues to Human Disease

From floor to ceiling, in row after row of small, bubbling tanks, 30,000 tiny tropical fish are unlocking the secrets to diseases that have vexed …

Scientists have reconstructed the genome of the first animal that lived 650 million years ago

Evolution holds that we all came from a single animal. But what was this animal like?<p>Two scientists set out to explore out how a single-celled organism evolved into the multitude of species we have on Earth today and did so by drawing an animal family tree, according to the New York Times …

Biology

This 'genetic switch' could help to fight cancer

Scientists have devised a remote-control method that could one day be used to make the immune system mount a powerful anti-cancer attack inside …

Where is the centre of the Universe?

Solving this cosmological conundrum requires a shift in perspective.<p>As the Universe may not have a physical edge, there is no sense in the idea of an …

You Should Throw Away Your Germy Kitchen Sponge Immediately. Here’s How to Wash Your Dishes Instead

Quick — what’s the germiest room in the house?<p>You might be surprised to learn that it’s not the bathroom. Microscopic bugs and bacteria actually …

What If Earth Started Spinning Backward?

For billions of years, Earth has rotated in the same direction as the sun — but what if that direction were reversed?<p>Deserts would cover North …

Why cancer cells go to sleep

Cancer has always been thought of as something that grows rapidly and uncontrollably, but this view may be wrong. New evidence suggests that cancer …

General Relativity explained like you've never seen before

A super-quick, super-painless guide to the theory that conquered the universe.<p>scroll down<br>to begin<p>For 100 years, the general theory of relativity has …

Physics

Move Over, Double Helix: A New Form of DNA Has Just Been Discovered

This is the first time it's ever been seen in a living cell.<p>When we learn about human genetics in high school biology class, one of the most basic …

Genetics

The Important Theorem of Thomas Bayes

Thomas Bayes (1701 – 1761)<p>On April 17, 1761, English mathematician and Presbyterian minister <b>Thomas Bayes</b> passed away. He is best known as name giver …

The way you see colour depends on what language you speak

The human eye can physically perceive millions of colours. But we don’t all recognise these colours in the same way.<p>Some people can’t see differences …

Cell membranes are way more complicated than you think - Nazzy Pakpour

Where do math symbols come from? - John David Walters

Watch<p>ThinkOpen Review Body<p>5 Multiple Choice &<br>3 Open Answer Questions<p>Dig Deeper<p>Learn<br>More<p>Discuss<p>1 Guided Discussions &<br>16 Open Discussions<p>Customize This …

Mathematics

How do fish make electricity? - Eleanor Nelsen

Watch<p>ThinkOpen Review Body<p>5 Multiple Choice &<br>3 Open Answer Questions<p>Dig Deeper<p>Learn<br>More<p>Discuss<p>1 Guided Discussions &<br>15 Open Discussions<p>Customize This …

Electricity

How far can we go?

The weird and wonderful metamorphosis of the butterfly - Franziska Bauer