climate change · Easy · Environmental biology

This Week in Science: climate change

Image credit The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty, with an objective to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations to target climate change. This treaty was adopted in 1992 and as of December 2015, has signatures from 197 parties. Since 1995, the parties meet annually in Conferences of the Parties…… Continue reading This Week in Science: climate change

Easy · Mental Health

This Week In Science: is hay fever making you depressed?

Image credit Hay fever is a common condition where you have an allergic reaction to pollen or dust and is at its worst between March and September when pollen count is at its highest. See figure 1 for a microscopic image of pollen. With hay fever season upon us, the itchy eyes, rashy skin, and…… Continue reading This Week In Science: is hay fever making you depressed?

Easy · Human Biology

Will your lifestyle impact future generations?

MATERNAL OBESITY CAN CAUSE OBESITY IN THEIR CHILDREN, AND THIS IN TURN CAN INCREASE THE RISK O­­­­F THEIR OFFSPRING DEVELOPING A NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASE. CAN WE PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING? Image credit In the past 25 years, there has been a massive growth in research into how diseases originate. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for 70%…… Continue reading Will your lifestyle impact future generations?

Human Biology · Intermediate

The Systems Series: Digestion

Image credit The digestive system consists of the gastrointestinal tract and accessory organs that allow us to digest food that we consume. The GI tract is the path from your mouth, down your oesophagus, into the stomach, through the small intestine until you get to the large intestine. Accessory organs are the glands and organs…… Continue reading The Systems Series: Digestion

Health · Human Biology · Intermediate

What is antimicrobial resistance?

Image credit Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the all-encompassing term used to describe the ability of a microorganism such as fungi, bacteria, or a virus to become resistant to antibiotics. This is important because at current rates in which microbes are becoming resistant to antibiotics, we are at a huge risk of modern medicine going back…… Continue reading What is antimicrobial resistance?

Advanced · Human Biology

The Systems Series: Immunity

Immunity is a state of the body that provides us with protection against diseases. A disease can be defined in this post here. Immunity can be separated into two main flavours; innate immunity and adaptive immunity. There are many differences between these two responses to infection, but both responses work together to eliminate the pathogen…… Continue reading The Systems Series: Immunity

Animal Biology · Intermediate

Let’s not beetle around the bush – which parent does the better job?

There is no question that parents influence their children’s traits and characteristics. But have you ever wondered which parent affects you more – your mother or your father? Research on a species, Nicrophorus vespilloides, shown in figure 1, has shown how different genders of grandparent and parent beetles have varying effects on offspring generations. It…… Continue reading Let’s not beetle around the bush – which parent does the better job?