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How to make a monster: what's the science behind Shelley's Frankenstein?
A look at the problems Victor Frankenstein would have faced, from preservation of tissue to developing new surgical techniquesThe bicentenary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus has meant a lot of people are re...
Guardian (UK) Science Blog
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Life after death: how we hatched live shark pups from dead parents
Six years ago, researchers asked a radical question: could eggcases taken from trawler-caught sharks still hatch live, healthy young?Back in December 2012, I met up with Greg Nowell, co-founder of Sharklab-Malta, a non-profit NGO founded in 2008. Sha...
Guardian (UK) Science Blog
Monday, February 19, 2018

Hot stuff: the thermal cameras giving us a new way of seeing our bodies
How do our bodies regulate themselves - and is it even true that we have a single body temperature? New technology will tell usI'm one of those people who always feels cold. Maybe it's my upbringing in the chilly north, or maybe it's down the quirks ...
Guardian (UK) Science Blog
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Girl, interrupted: the science behind my stutter - and what not to say to me
People tend to be misinformed about stammering. Here's why finishing my sentences or telling me to ‘slow down' doesn't helpI've heard the misconceptions for most of my life."Just slow down," a stranger told me as a child. "You're talking too fast - t...
Guardian (UK) Science Blog
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Why communication from a ‘locked-in' child is a miracle we must question
If Jonathan Bryan can communicate we should celebrate, but hard evidence is needed before we change how severely disabled children are cared forThere has been much coverage lately - including in the Times, the Mirror, the Daily Mail, and tonight's CB...
Guardian (UK) Science Blog
Monday, February 5, 2018

Philosophy of science isn't pointless chin-stroking - it makes us better scientists
Understanding causal inference, one aspect of philosophy of science, is key to making our research reliable… the worst part of philosophy is the philosophy of science; the only people, as far as I can tell, that read work by philosophers of science a...
Guardian (UK) Science Blog
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Gone fishin': decorator crabs use other species as fishing rods, study reveals
A researcher's diving holiday lead to a startling discovery of never-before-seen behaviour: crabs using hydrozoans as fishing hooksEvery night as the sun goes down, on the coral reefs of the Red Sea small, delicate and slightly fuzzy-looking crabs wo...
Guardian (UK) Science Blog
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

'Professors eat their own young': how competition can stifle good science
There is often more pressure for scientists to work against each other than together - but why?In an ideal world, academic scientists would work together towards a common goal: discovery. Researchers would unite for a common cause, motivated by bound...
Guardian (UK) Science Blog
Monday, January 29, 2018

Forget Ebola, Sars and Zika: ticks are the next global health threat
Ticks carry a wide array of pathogens - and environmental changes mean they are spreadingSince the beginning of our species we have been at war. It's a continuous, neverending fight against the smallest of adversaries: armies of pathogens and parasit...
Guardian (UK) Science Blog
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Why the climate of Game of Thrones is about more than the arrival of winter
We modelled the climate for George RR Martin's series for fun, but there's a serious side to predicting weather for a fictional worldFor fans disappointed that the next series of Game of Thrones won't be on our screens until 2019, here's some food fo...
Guardian (UK) Science Blog
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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