Biology

Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage in Horses

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Bleeding, or Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH), is one of the most common problems experienced by racehorses and can only really, by clinical evaluation, be identified through loss of blood from the nose, which to most would appear relatively serious. [1] (Figure a.) (Figure a.) However, there is evidence to suggest that nearly every racehorse […]

Astronomy

The Hunt for the Higgs

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Physics tries to answer some of the most fundamental questions in the universe. What caused the Big Bang? Why is the observable universe so isotropic? Why is Earth able to nurture life? One important question that has mystified physicists for years is the idea of mass and more importantly its origins. The discovery of the […]

Biology

The Terrible Truth About Tanning

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I’m sure that everyone reading this has, at least once in their life, visited the Beach during the Summer. During your visit to the Beach you will apply some Sun Cream, swim in the Ocean, have an Ice-cream etc. Finally as you are heading home you might have noticed that you have tanned a small […]

Science News

Sex lowers cancer risk

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Canadian scientists have found from the surveys of over 3200 men, that men who had sex with more than twenty women—in comparison to just one over their lifetime– had a 28% lower risk of developing prostate cancer. Furthermore, those who said they’d never had sex before, were twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate […]

Biology

The Real Meaning of Science with Liz Bonnin

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On Thursday 6th November, I had the pleasure of interviewing BBC Television presenter Liz Bonnin. Liz has presented many TV programmes over her career, from BBC Bang Goes the Theory since it first aired in July of 2009 and Operation Snow Tiger to specials like the BBC Horizon Series to BBC Stargazing Live. She’s used her […]

Biology

The Death Virus: An Overview

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The Ebola virus, or ‘Death Virus’ is a major concern due to the recent outbreak across West Africa, in countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The disease is now at an international scale, with precautions even being taken to prepare in the UK. So, what is Ebola and how is it so deadly? […]

Science News

Sliding Spring Speeds past Mars

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The comet Sliding Spring whizzed past the Red Planet last week at a speed of over 203,000 km/h, coming as close as 140,000 km—a proximity that is not only very rare for comets, but never before seen for Mars. Not only has this allowed NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to take some extraordinary composite images for us […]

Science News

Glowing Ice Cream

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I’ll have one vanilla, one chocolate and one bioluminescent in a cone, please. You’re puzzled? So am I. Charlie Francis, an ice cream entrepreneur, has gone almost as far as Willy Wonka with this glowing ice cream. The protein that gives jellyfish their bioluminescence was the inspiration for this product, and now, after much time […]

Science News

Fire Ant Fabric

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50% Cotton, 40% Polyester, 10% Fire ant? Could fire ants be the new fabric on the market? Though probably not in the close future, their extraordinary traits are helping scientists come up with new materials. While a single fire ant is not that remarkable, when hundreds, or even thousands, of them act together in emergencies, […]

Biology

Our Battle Against Bacteria

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For ages now we’ve been battling an increasing problem – all caused by antibiotics. Antibiotics have dated all the way back to 1928 after Alexander Fleming; a bacteriologist discovered penicillin at London’s St Mary’s Hospital. Since then, such a small idea has grown and blossomed into the antibiotics we know today and has saved over […]

Ethics

What are the current treatments of schizophrenia?

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What are the current treatments of schizophrenia? Abstract I discuss the available treatments for schizophrenia. I comment upon the socio-economic issues arising from living with schizophrenia and the aforementioned treatments. I examine a case study in management of schizophrenia in the NHS. Furthermore, I evaluate two alternative methods to control schizophrenia – one holistic and the […]

Other

To infinity and beyond!!

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A trip into space can be yours for $250,000 USD. It may sound a little science fiction, but it’s soon to become science fact. Over 700 astronauts have already booked their place on board Virgin’s next project: Virgin Galactic – furthering the space frontier. Once you’re confirmed you become one of the selected few to […]

YSJ

Get to know me – Zahra Hanif

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You’re probably reading this post because you want to know more about me, about what I’m going to blog about, or are just genuinely intrigued. Either way, let me introduce myself to you. My name is Zahra Hanif and I am 16 years old. I am currently studying AS-levels at Rochdale Sixth Form College where […]

YSJ

Introduction

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Hello all, I am a new Editor here for YSJ and would like to introduce myself. I am currently a third year chemistry student at the University of Edinburgh.  I am really enjoying being a student in Edinburgh as there are always lots of different things going on there – which I get to join […]

Astronomy

Science Bites

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For a few months now, I’ve been working on my eBook – Science Bites. Tomorrow it reaches the Amazon Kindle Store for £1.51. The idea behind the eBook was to make science fun and interesting – by using small, manageable pieces of information.  The eBook is about 180 pages long and covers topics from life […]

Science News

Neanderthals liked their veg

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50,000-year-old fossilised feces have given evidence that the Neanderthals’ diets may have some presence in plants.As study at El Salt showed that all fecal samples found at an archaeological site in Alicante, Spain, which the Neanderthals occupied between 60,000 and 45,000 years ago, indicated that the Neanderthals ate animals.This was ascertained through the presence of the lipid coprostanol, […]

Science News

Tomatoes combat cancer

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Tomatoes and other lycopene-containing fruit and vegetables have been shown to lower the risk of renal cancer in women. The study looked at over 90,000 women throughout the last 20 years, where the amounts of different vitamins and nutrients were estimated from the data provided in the questionnaires on their diets and supplement use. Throughout […]

Science News

Robotic Whiskers

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A team of scientists at the University of California have taken inspiration from cat whiskers in order to develop extremely responsive sensors that could one day help robots to “sense” their surroundings. These ‘whiskers’ are constructed through painting a thin layer of electrically-conductive carbon nanotubes and silver particles onto strands of silicon. The carbon nanotubes […]