Susan Mercado

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Tail or tunnel? Mouse-handling methods could influence experiments

As you might remember from high school chemistry class, it's important to take every component into account when designing scientific experiments. …

Large Hadron Collider discovers five hidden subatomic particles

Five new particles have been discovered 'hiding in plain sight' at the Large Hadron Collider.<p>How could the Large Hadron Collider unlock other …

You’re Looking at the World’s First Artificial Honeybee

Tiny drones may help pollinate crops when dwindling honeybees aren’t enough.<p>In a honeybee colony, normally it's the female worker bees that go out, gather pollen, and make honey. The male drones only exist to provide the queen with sperm to make more female workers. But, in response to declining …

Insects

How To Stop Being So Negative

Have you ever noticed that after a day of dealing with annoying family members or arguing with a loved one, that parts of your body ache?<p>Giphy<p>This is …

Low-fat diet advice was based on undercooked science

Damning report says the 1977 Dietary Goals for the United States should never have been introduced<p>For decades, the accepted dietary wisdom has been to eat a low-fat diet, minimizing the intake of saturated fat in particular. This has been the official advice from the United States since 1977 and …

Bee colonies collapse 'as stressed young workers grow up too fast'

Phenomenon may be a factor behind colony collapse disorder, which has seen bee populations plummet around the world<p>Stressed young bees that are forced to grow up too fast could be a leading factor in disastrous declines in populations of the insects around the world, research suggests.<p>Bees usually …

Ecology

Extract: A man walks off his Parkinsonian symptoms

In this passage from his book The Brain’s Way of Healing, Norman Doidge describes how John Pepper consciously retrained his movements to overcome his foot drag and tremor<p>Norman Doidge: the man teaching us how to change our minds<p>My walking companion, John Pepper, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s …

Why GM is the natural solution for future farming

A new failsafe promises to prevent leakage of GMOs – but will it appease the sceptics?<p>Farming, by definition, is the opposite of natural. Nothing we eat could be described as “natural”, regardless of the marketing or labelling, whether it’s organic, or from Waitrose, Aldi or Abel & Cole. Breeding …