Ultrasound May Have a Therapeutic Effect on Alzheimer’s Disease

Ultrasound is a very common and sophisticated scanning method used by physicians for a variety of reasons, but most commonly use in the diagnosis of heart conditions and evaluating the progress of a developing baby during pregnancy. [1] However, a new study has shown that ultrasound is not only a useful tool for imaging but […]

Solar Powered Aircraft Soars to Success

Imagine a world where we didn’t rely on fossil fuels. Imagine a world where all of our energy was renewable, where we didn’t pollute the atmosphere with greenhouse gases and where transportation wasn’t such a frighteningly significant contributor to global warming. Sound far-fetched? A pair of Swiss visionaries beg to disagree. In 2003, Bertrand Piccard […]

The First Human Head Transplant by 2017?

Anyone who remembers the movie Mars Attacks will be able to relate here – taking somebody’s head and stitching it onto another body is a slightly creepy thought. Fear not, though, this article isn’t about a human-canine transplant, no: that would certainly not be approved by the Ethics committee. What Dr Sergio Canavero, director of the Turin […]

Monkey Midwife Surprises Researchers

Something that has never been photographed, filmed or recorded in any detail before has occurred in the wilds of China. Professor Meng Yao and colleagues from Peking University were following a troop of white-headed langur monkeys when they observed a mother giving birth. This was nothing out of the ordinary, as the team had witnessed […]

New Stem Cell Research Opening Up The Door To Possible Treatments For Motor Neuron Disease

A joint research project led by scientists from the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh has shed light on possible ways to study and treat Motor Neuron Disease (MND) by using stem cells from human skin samples.[1] The project was led by Dr. Gareth Miles, a senior lecturer at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience […]

Ebola: Where Are We Now?

With the news of Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey’s full recovery from Ebola[1], the public is reminded of the continued presence of the Ebola virus disease. A comprehensive report has been released by the WHO marking the one year anniversary of the West African epidemic.[2] The report not only discusses the origins and various aspects of […]

Britain set to become the first country to legalise ‘3 parent’ IVF procedures

Britain may become the first country in the world to legalise the use of mitochondrial donation as part of IVF treatments, as new regulations allowing the treatment to be used to prevent inheritance of mitochondrial disease, is set to go to the House of Commons for debate on Tuesday (2nd February 2015).[1] These new guidelines […]

Filefish’s chemical camouflage could be new to science!

Do you smell of what you eat? Although this might make you stand out in human society, and probably not for the better, the filefish uses the smell of the coral it eats as a cloaking device. The orange-spotted filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris) inhabits the coral reefs of Australia and eats a genus of coral called […]

Seals Using Fish Tags in a Dinner Bell Effect

According to a recent study, grey seals are using tracking tags attached to fish in order to find easy prey. This new research from the University of St Andrews’ Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) appears to suggest that seals use the sound produced by these tags like a dinner bell, learning that the sound is […]

The Return of the Black Death?

An outbreak of the bubonic plague has been declared in Madagascar by the World Health Organisation (WHO), with the very first case dating from late August 2014, the death toll is currently estimated at 40 and a further 80 people are considered infected. [1] The WHO and local health authorities are concerned about the danger […]

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