The Mechanics of Marathon Running

25th September 2016 saw Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele narrowly miss out on a Marathon World Record with a time of 2:03:03 at the Berlin Marathon (the current record is held by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto at 2:02:57). One question many people may wonder is, over the course of 26.2 miles, what actually happens to the human body […]

New Battery ‘Armour’ Could Prevent Injuries

A new coating developed by research teams at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US could prevent thousands of injuries caused by young children swallowing cell batteries. Between 2000 and 2013 there were a total of 43,700 US hospital admissions due to battery ingestion, of which 65% were children under the […]

Obesity: Is it in our genes?

With reports on the soaring rates of worldwide obesity, scientists are now examining our DNA to see if our genetics can affect how we gain weight. Many people would agree that obesity appears to run in families and this makes a genetic contribution seem likely. Indeed various studies have estimated heritability of obesity from anything […]

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