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Science Photography Competition 2013 FAQs

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  FAQs: YSJ Photography prize 2013   What are the themes? The themes are as follows: Medicine in Culture (open to anyone 18 and under), Speedy Science (open to those under 12), Networking (open to those of ages 12-15) and Science in Detail (open to those of ages 16-18). For the theme open to anyone 18 and under, there is a first prize […]

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Antarctic drilling difficulties

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On Saturday the search for life beneath the ice in the Antarctic ran into a complication with the main boiler used to heat the water that powers the drill by melting through the thick ice. A circuit controlling the primary burner – required to start the boiler and so begin drilling – failed to start […]

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Voyager 1 nears interstellar space

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The Voyager spacecraft have been on a trajectory towards the edge of the solar system for 35 years, since they completed their first mission to tour the outer planets. Voyager 1 is currently the most distant man-made object from Earth and is close to becoming the first to enter interstellar space, the region outside of […]

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Climate Change talks in Qatar

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Over 17 000 delegates are expected to fly into Doha, Qatar, for talks on climate change over the next two weeks. Some commentators are confident that the talks could make real progress towards cuts in carbon emissions. Others are sceptical. We can’t help cringeing at the irony of all those air miles, the factt hat […]

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Meningitis B vaccine

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  The Bexsero or 4CMenB vaccine, which protects against group B meningococcus, has recently been granted a licence for the immunisation of children older than two months. Meningitis is characterised by the inflammation of the meninges (the protective linings of the brain and spinal cord). Infection by a variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses and […]

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Telomere length and risk of dying

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  Telomeres – protective regions on the ends of chromosomes preventing the DNA from being eaten away– may be linked to risk of dying, according to a new study. Telomeres are regions of nucleotide sequences that repeat at each end of chromosomes. They prevent the chromosomes from deteriorating or fusing with another chromosome. They shorten […]

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Update on Ash dieback disease

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It has been confirmed by the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson that the disease will not be able to be eradicated from the countryside. Efforts are now being focused on slowing the spread of the disease and encouraging resistance to it. Mature trees – which are important for wildlife – are being left whilst younger diseased […]

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Ash dieback disease

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Out of 92% of the sites surveyed in England and all of Wales the presence of ‘Ash dieback disease’, caused by the Chalara fraxinea fungus, has been reported at 115 sites, and seven sites in Scotland. It is characterised by loss of leaves and crown dieback, possibly leading to tree death. Trees in forests, urban […]

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Origins of Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy – also known as ‘Frankenstorm’ – started in the Caribbean Sea on the 19th of October 2012 and was deemed to only have a 20% chance of developing into a superstorm by the U.S National Hurricane Centre. Climatic conditions, however, were to pull winds in this area into a counter clockwise rotation, and […]

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Brain trace found to ‘detect autism’

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In a trial involving almost a thousand children, an EEG brain trace (used to record electrical brain activity) has shown differences between those with autism and those without. Scientists have found evidence from children aged from two to twelve, over thirty-three different EEG patterns. More work is needed to confirm it. To read more, see: […]