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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Have your say on Open Education Resources

Eva Sharpe, Higher Education Policy Officer, Society of Biology calls for people to fill in a HE teaching survey There are many excellent teaching resources publicly available for lecturers to use and re-use in the biosciences across various websites, publications and discussion forums. Although some of these resources are featured in specific online repositories such … Continue reading »

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Debating Matters calls for new judges

Guest post from Jason Smith, Institute of Ideas Whatever your thoughts are on the various bio-medical controversies currently facing society – whether your particular interest is in GM crops and the future of agriculture, the ethics of animal experimentation, or the benefits or otherwise of giving IVF treatment to women in their fifties – the … Continue reading »

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Flying ant facts

Rebecca Nesbit, Society of Biology Submit your flying ant sightings! We have had an overwhelming response to our flying ant survey and some very interesting questions about flying ants. So I thought I’d bring them all together, along with a couple of videos of ‘my’ flying ant colonies in Hertfordshire. You can also read about … Continue reading »

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Calling everyone with wacky ideas for the MRI scanner!

In honour of the Biology Week competition calling for ideas of objects to put in an MRI scanner, here is a guest blog from Katy Ordidge. Firstly, let me introduce myself… My name is Katy Ordidge and I am a second year PhD student working in UCL’s Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI). We are … Continue reading »

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Do you lead by example?

The Society of Biology has recently launched our new registers under license from the Science Council, Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) and Registered Scientist (RSci), primarily focused at those at the early stages of their career. Although my work at the Society focusses on the award of Chartered Biologist (CBiol) and Chartered Scientist (CSci), through our … Continue reading »

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Is it a bird, is it a plane?

Sometimes it isn’t ants that alert people to flying ant day, but raucous flocks of gulls. Flying ant day occurs once a year, around now, when winged black garden ants emerge in their millions ready to mate. This is quite a spectacle, partly because of the birds it attracts. Thousands of gulls often loudly make … Continue reading »

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Bring biology to life with ARKive

Guest blog by Lauren Pascoe from Wildscreen Whether you want to explore the wonders of the natural or are in need of some inspiration for this years’ Society of Biology photography competition, ARKive has it covered. ARKive is an initiative of Wildscreen, a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to inspire the global community to discover, … Continue reading »

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Olympic Bat Hunt

No, it’s not some cruel new sport for London 2012. This is Bats in Space, a collaboration between the artist Jeremy Deller and the Bat Conservation Trust. The project takes small groups around East London’s Olympic park at dusk, with bat detectors and adapted mobiles phones to make the high frequency bat calls audible and … Continue reading »

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How does an ant decide what to do?

We eat when we’re hungry, but social insects have to make decisions which will support the colony not just themselves. They typically divide labour as well as reproductive duties. Even in ant species such as Lasius niger where workers are not split into different physical ‘castes’, some workers stay in the nest while others leave … Continue reading »

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Why become a Chartered Scientist?

The Society of Biology has recently been awarded the 27th licence to offer Chartered Scientist by the Science Council, in addition to our current Chartered Biologist Status. Although for a lot of our members bioscience is their main interest, their work often crosses into other areas of science, and Chartered Scientist status will benefit their … Continue reading »

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