Jonathan Cooke For a species that is so often looking up to the stars thinking ‘are we alone?’, we tend to populate our fictional universes with less than benevolent compatriot species. Look at some of the more popular science fiction movies and stories to be released in the last century. War of the Worlds, Alien … Continue reading Are Aliens Out to Get Us?
Jonathan Cooke If you’re a Premier League Football team, you must follow a simple formula for winning the title. First, you win at home against other teams. Then, against lower league opposition you win at their ground as well. The ability of a crowd to motivate players has long been established as a factor that … Continue reading The Science of Crowds
Jonathan Cooke We’ve all done it. From first years going through their first bout of January exams, to third years who just want to get it over with, we’ve all left revision a bit late now and again. We’ve all looked outside the windows of the IC at 3am and wondered why we waited until … Continue reading Slaying Stress with Science
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
Jonathan Cooke If don’t like Halloween much, with the plethora of ghouls and zombies prowling the streets in search of sweets, be thankful you don’t live in the undergrowth. Many of the creepy tales and monsters we create are nothing compared to the nightmarish ways some organisms live their lives. This Halloween, let’s take a … Continue reading The Real Horrors of the Animal Kingdom