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Using basic paper folds to make intricate designs has a wide range of scientific applications, including making paper batteries and origami stents.
Several important drugs have been identified from soil samples. Researchers in the USA are currently analysing new samples of dirt for potential therapeutics.
A new smartphone-based microscope can help to identify the presence of one species of parasitic worm when a patient is being treated for another, to help prevent drug complications.
Treating onion skin cells with sulphuric acid and gold allow them to be used as a muscle simulator.
The thermal grill illusion is a sensory ‘trick’ first demonstrated by a Swedish physician, Torsten Thunberg, in 1896.
Researchers in America have developed some bioplastics, made with albumin, soy or whey, that have antibacterial properties.
Opossums have a naturally high level of immunity to certain types of snake venom. The opossum peptide responsible for this immunity has potential as an antivenom.
Lyme disease in humans is caused by the bite of a tick infected with one of three closely related species of bacteria. The antihistamine loratadine has potential as a new treatment for the disease.
Along with salt, sour, sweet, bitter and umami, our taste buds may be able to detect fat, research suggests.
Could Beethoven have suffered from cardiac arrhythmia? His music suggests he could have.
The mollusc Aplysia california has proved to be valuable in studying the mechanisms of movement, learning and memory.
Making needles by hand was a risky job because of the likelihood of contracting “Pointer’s rot”, a crippling lung disease caused by inhaling dust from ground metal and grindstone.
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus, a ship that has been helping with the Ebola crisis in west Africa, is equipped with a 100-bed medical complex, but it cannot be classified as a hospital ship. Roger Poole explains.
Roger Poole tells the spooky story of the pharmacist who hanged himself after accidentally poisoning his apprentice.
People in Liberia have been advised not to shake hands in the traditional manner because of fears that this may spread the Ebola virus, writes Roger Poole.
Roger Poole explains how bumblebees and zebrafish manage to navigate their surroundings while avoiding collisions
Marmite contains a high concentration of thiamine. Roger Poole explains why soldiers in World War I had to eat it — like it or not.
Developing viable alternatives from renewable sources is a priority and recent reports of a partnership between the Ford Motor Company and Heinz to use waste tomato material gives us an idea of what might happen in the future
Roger Poole describes how neostigmine, administered as a nasal spray, can help save the lives of snakebite victims
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