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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Measuring species success

by Thomas Padfield, Lecturer of Biology. I was recently discussing evolution with a friend of mine in a pub. He studies neuroscience and prescribes to the commonly held view that humanity is the most superior and successful species found on our planet. To me this seems to be a rather outdated and perhaps creationist viewpoint, … Continue reading »

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Spiderman or Spiderwoman?

Philippa Skett, intern at the Society of Biology, is working on the house spider survey With the seemingly terrifying invasion of common house spiders (genus: Tegenaria), illustrated by the many spider photos we’ve received, it is easy to forget just why they are cowering in corners, scuttling along skirting boards or skulking down the sides … Continue reading »

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Weaving a web of knowledge about house spiders

Philippa Skett is a keen biologist who enjoys all things creeping and crawling, and then writing all about them. She is an intern at the Society of Biology and is helping with the house spider survey. Spiders are incredible creatures, but seem to get bad press on a regular basis. A lot of people often … Continue reading »

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Allergies: what are they?

A guest post by Michael Ravitsky of FactoryPure.com I have had a sensitive system for as long as I’ve been alive – I had to have my tonsils and adenoids removed when I was 5 – and I have always been very allergic to dust.  I have got quite used to keeping a pack of … Continue reading »

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The Lightyear Foundation: bringing science to life in Ghana

In June, Dr Yalda Javadi, postdoctoral scientist at the University of Cambridge and Editor for Ionic Magazine, spent two weeks in Ghana with a team of volunteers from the Lightyear Foundation, developing practical science classes in Ghanaian schools. The aim of Lightyear is to make science come alive through engaging, hands-on experiments using materials easily … Continue reading »

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The Biologist launches dedicated website

By Tom Ireland, managing editor of the Society of Biology‘s magazine ‘The Biologist‘ The Biologist now has its own dedicated website, providing a much easier way for members and subscribers to access the best of the magazine’s content. Nearly two years’ worth of back issues are available as PDFs in the site’s Archive section, while … Continue reading »

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Species of the Week: the Naked Mole Rat (Heterocephalus glaber)

Lauren is a recent graduate in microbiology and has interned at the Society of Biology. She is interested in a career in science communication and writes for her own blog, Science Says as well as for the Student Hubs blog. Contrary to its name, the Naked Mole Rat (Heterocephalus glaber) is neither a mole nor … Continue reading »

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Would you like termites with that?

Lauren Hoskin is a recent graduate in microbiology. She is interested in a career in science communication and writes for her own blog, Science Says as well as for the Student Hubs blog. Many problems faced by humans do not have simple answers, especially in the area of food security. How will we feed nine … Continue reading »

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Bioscience to Biosecurity; the Policy Lates talks

Policy Lates is a discussion series from the Society of Biology‘s policy team, held at our HQ at Charles Darwin House. We bring a panel of experts together for an informal debate on a contemporary science policy topic, with lots of time for audience questions and convivial discussions. In July 2013, Policy Lates looked into … Continue reading »

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Chewing off her wings – the queen ant’s rite of passage

By Rebecca Nesbit from the Society of Biology There has been a long, slow build up to flying ant day this year. The first sightings of winged black garden ants came early, with hundreds of records for the flying ant survey already in by the third week of July. The first major flying ant day, … Continue reading »

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