Sintija Jurkevica On the night of Christmas Eve, Santa Claus delivers presents to the homes of all the good kids, but how does he do it? In this joyous spirit of Christmas, Santa’s gift delivery-system is worthy of scientific investigation. How does Santa separate the good from the naughty? With around 2,000,000,000 children worldwide, and … Continue reading Santa Science – Merry Christmas from pH7!
Jamie Hakham This is a discussion about the how vaccination should occur, rather than the concept of it. That is, we’re not going to be discussing autism, mercury poisoning, or any other discredited, unscientific, or just plain wrong arguments so-called anti-vaxxers use when dismissing vaccines. Got that? Good! Let’s instead boil this argument down into … Continue reading Should Vaccination Be Compulsory?
Katy Drake The debate is ongoing; should lethal or nonlethal predator control methods be used to protect livestock? According to logic, if predators are killing livestock, by removing those predators, livestock losses should decrease. However, as there are legal, ethical and ecological risks at stake, common sense may no longer pass as sound justification. Image … Continue reading We Might Be Able To Save Predators And Livestock At The Same Time.
Dan Bennison In his 1895 novel, The Time Machine, H.G. Wells describes a world in which subterranean and forest-dwelling subspecies of humans coexist. To a distant relative of Homo sapiens, the concept of modern humans was likely as foreign as Wells’ world is to us. Still, there is no doubt in the mind of scientists … Continue reading Humans Are Still Evolving. Here Is How…
Naomi Brown Recently there have been numerous reports of the rapid spread of avian flu across Europe. With the memories of previous outbreaks that caused widespread devastation across poultry farms and fatalities in humans, there are concerns that this time it could be worse. Image Credit: Flickr What is avian flu? Avian flu is a … Continue reading Bird Flu Is Back
Helen Alford Ah, marmite. The notorious dark brown, gloopy sludge (I’m hard-pushed to call it a food) is a byproduct of beer brewing. The yeast extract left over from brewing lager, bitter, and ale is mixed with vegetable and spice extracts, along with some other ingredients that are ‘trade secrets’. The manufacturing process sounds just … Continue reading Why Do I Hate Marmite?
Jonathan Cooke If you weren’t aware of just how badly coral reefs have been faring due to global warming, it was announced in late November that just over two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef has been killed off due to warming seas. That is over 435 miles of coral that has died, three times the … Continue reading Bringing Lost Coral Back to Life