Science & Nature

‘All the cool historical (and sometimes modern) Ladies!’ : Rosalind Franklin

‘All the cool historical (and sometimes modern) Ladies!’ : Rosalind Franklin

It’s the end of March so after a month of fervent university work, I’m going to jump in with my first instalment of ‘All the cool historical (and sometimes modern) ladies!’. So I’m going to tell you about some wonderfully intelligent and awesome (do I say awesome too much? Probably…) lady scientists. Now these are only tit bits of their contributions to science,... »

Science Sunday: UV Light vs Bacteria

Science Sunday: UV Light vs Bacteria

While looking for a project for this year’s science expo (or science fair as it is called in the States), I came across the most fascinating thing. Airports use UV light hand-dryers in their restrooms.  Now admittedly I do not frequent airports as I rarely fly anywhere so I have not witnessed this first-hand but as we all know the internets never lie *cough cough*. Upon further investigation it be... »

A whole-brain activity map, and the Obama administration

A whole-brain activity map, and the Obama administration

Last month, the Obama administration announced a plan to fund a huge, decade-long project to simultaneously map the activity of each individual neuron in the entire human brain — the Brain Activity Map (BAM). The project aims to develop new technology to visualize the activity of individual neurons in the same way that fMRI can roughly visualize the activity of the brain at a much coarser sc... »

Science Sunday: Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain

Science Sunday: Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain

Why hello there readers, and a happy St. Patty’s Day to you! I hope you all are celebrating with something green and Irish, but we here at Teen Skepchick decided that St. Patty’s day was an appropriate time to talk about a different kind of celebration, one that perhaps will not leave you feeling celebratory for too long. Yes, you may have noticed that here in the United States, some p... »

Science Sunday: Otter Penises & Pollution

Science Sunday: Otter Penises & Pollution

For those who don’t pay much attention to furry things in British rivers (and really, why would you?) you might be interested to hear that the otter population in my homeland is on the way up and recovering from their rapid decline in the 1970s. Now, what seems to have been the cause of their population crash was runoff of certain pesticides into rivers, but despite the fact that these pesti... »

Genetically modified salmon: food or “frankenfish”?

Genetically modified salmon: food or “frankenfish”?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is close to approving genetically modified (GM) salmon as a food with no significant environmental impact. These fish, popularly dubbed as “frankenfish” in several news reports, produce higher levels of growth hormone. This makes them easier to farm, because they grow much faster than salmon with normal levels of these hormones. I’ve read so... »

Dear Sasquatch: Are There Superbugs in My Bacon?

Dear Sasquatch: Are There Superbugs in My Bacon?

Dear Sasquatch, My roommate is really into organic food, and I told him I didn’t think it was worth the money, so we pretty much agreed to buy and eat our own food. But he did show me an article about animal antibiotics creating superbugs that infect humans: How Using Antibiotics In Animal Feed Creates Superbugs. It kind of freaked me out. Is organic meat actually better for you? —Lara S. Dear Lar... »