The aurora borealis, a relatively common occurrence within the Arctic circle, was seen in northern England, north Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland
Parts of Britain revelled in a celestial light show on Wednesday night as the northern lights were clearly visible in northern England, north Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The aurora borealis – usually caused by solar particles colliding in the atmosphere – is a more common occurrence much further north around the Arctic circle.Continue reading...
Research has shown that city-living has been linked to depression and anxiety – but what is it, exactly, that makes urban life so stressful? And what can be done to make the world’s cities more habitable?
“Sitting constantly in dilapidated cars wrecks their spines, and the ceaseless shouting that goes on in the streets of Cairo destroys their nervous systems,” Khaled Al Khamissi wrote in his 2007 book Taxi, a collection of conversations with 58 of Cairo’s 80,000 taxi drivers. “The endless heavy traffic drains them psychologically and the struggle to make a living … strains the sinews of their bodies.”
It’s a depressing portrait of life in Egypt’s bustling capital. Could it be that Cairo, the “mother of the world”, is one of the most stressful places on the planet? Or does it all depend on how you make your living there?
Simple procedure could potentially save NHS millions as it can dramatically reduce unnecessary emergency admissions
A simple blood test could rule out a heart attack in two-thirds of people arriving at A&E with chest pains, potentially saving the NHS millions of pounds, a new study shows.
There are around 18,000 heart attacks each year in the UK, but around one million people come to A&E with chest pains. The test measures troponin, a protein released from the heart during a heart attack.Continue reading...
Report says there is a lack of good data on how well Tamiflu works in the community, after missed opportunity during swine flu outbreak
New trials are urgently needed to establish whether the anti-flu drug Tamiflu would help save lives in a pandemic, experts have said.
Flu pandemics are highly dangerous, with the potential to kill millions around the world. Each winter in the UK, hundreds die of flu. Yet the drugs available to treat people, of which the best known and most widely used is Tamiflu, appear to have only a modest effect and have only been tested on seasonal flu, according to a report by the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Wellcome Trust.Continue reading...
Both Mona Chalabi’s BBC3 programme on 5 October and her Guardian article (We’re all racist, but white racism is worse, 6 October) were fascinating and worrying. But what neither she nor anyone else mentioned was how most racism implies the surely fallacious assumption that biological and cultural characteristics are transmitted together.
Until the work of Gregor Mendel was rediscovered in 1900 and the study of genetics began, it was difficult to begin to appreciate the difference. The word “race” had been used for a family (eg “a royal race of kings”), a nation, or almost any social or political unit – even “the human race”. But by now the implications of the difference in transmission surely ought to be more generally known than they seem to be, even among those more sophisticated people who use the word “ethnicity” (along with “ethnic” and “ethnogenesis) in a way that seems to reflect the same conflation of biology and culture. The confusion is reflected in many of the myths treasured in national histories. Of course sorting out the difference will not stop prejudice, but it might help to undermine it.
My father Joseph Lamb, who has died aged 87, was professor of physiology at the University of St Andrews, chairman of the Save British Science society (SBS) and the initiator of one of the first shareholder campaigns to tackle excessive executive pay.
He was born in Brechin, near Aberdeen, the son of Joe, a tenant farmer, and Agnes (nee Fairweather), a schoolteacher. He contracted tuberculosis at an early age and spent a year reading encyclopedias during his recovery. He was a self-proclaimed “idle chap” at Brechin high school, although he went on to shine at physics. He won a place to study medicine and gained a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, after a brief spell maintaining radio masts for the RAF at Bletchley, in Buckinghamshire.Continue reading...
Scientists in Australia succeed in growing ‘organoids’ comparable to early stage of a baby’s kidneys that have collecting ducts and filtering units called nephons
Human stem cells have been turned into clumps of kidney tissue in a crucial first step towards building new organs for patients in the lab.
Scientists in Australia made the breakthrough after turning stem cells derived from human skin into two of the main structures found in kidneys, namely collecting ducts and blood-filtering units called nephrons.