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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Video: 3D cell culture set for space

Growing cells in culture in the lab is fundamental for many areas of research and drug discovery. Cells grown in a petri-dish, however, don’t resemble the tissues found in living organisms. 3D scaffolds have been developed to overcome this and enhance the growth, differentiation and function of cultured cells. This video gives an insight into … Continue reading »

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Pollen protects honeybees against pathogens

Rebecca Nesbit, press officer at the Society of Biology, reports on Professor May Berenbaum’s talk at the Impact of Pesticides on Bee Health conference organised by the Biochemical Society, the British Ecological Society and the Society for Experimental Biology. In 2006, American beekeepers were alarmed by sudden losses of hives to colony collapse disorder, where … Continue reading »

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Our NHS data: is sharing caring?

By Michael Walsh, BBSRC Policy Fellow at the Society of Biology In the digital age, so many of us feel that it is our right to have access to as much information as possible. However, certain exceptions apply: information relating to ourselves shouldn’t be freely available, and huge storms gather whenever leaks of personal data … Continue reading »

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Video: Can we rely on honeybees for pollination?

By Rebecca Nesbit, press officer at the Society of Biology Insect pollination improves production in around 75% of global crops, and both wild pollinators and managed honeybees are important. Recently, EU agricultural and biofuel policies have led to an increased area of insect pollinated crops. But do we have enough honeybees to pollinate them? In … Continue reading »

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Vulture culture – the bald facts

Mark Leach, the Society of Biology’s membership marketing manager learns all about vultures. As is often the way of these things, (particularly when you work for the Society of Biology) a  random office conversation got us talking about vultures.  Always with an eye on my next project, Rebecca Nesbit pointed me towards the internet, with … Continue reading »

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What Twitter can bring to science writing

Rebecca Nesbit, press officer at the Society of Biology, is running evening courses on writing for a non-technical audience along with The Biologist’s managing editor Tom Ireland. Last year we ran our first course on writing for a non-technical audience, and I was struck by the diversity of people who attended. We had representatives from … Continue reading »

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Podcast: what is science?

What does science mean to you? Before Christmas, three members of the Society of Biology team, Rebecca Nesbit, Penny Fletcher and David Urry, gave their perspectives on the question ‘what is science?‘ for a new podcast.

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Species of the week: Cane toad

The cane toad (Bufo marinus or Rhinella marina) is a large toad native to south and central America, which has had some pretty bad press. Its attempted use in pest control has led to populations being established around the world, often with serious consequences for native wildlife. It is also known as the giant toad, … Continue reading »

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