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Monthly Archives: November 2015

SOS: Support Our Scientists – Science is still vital

By Deborah Roebuck MRSB, BBSRC policy fellow at the Royal Society of Biology. Supporters of Science rallied together at the most recent Science is Vital event, held in London and broadcast live online. Scientists and non-scientists were united in their campaign to promote awareness and highlight the critical importance of upholding a strong UK science … Continue reading »

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Choosing between ‘life’ or research – survey data shows the outlook is good for returners

By Dr Indrayani Ghangrekar, fellowship advisor at the Daphne Jackson Trust Currently, academic researchers in science, technology, engineering, and maths (the STEM subjects) face a life of fierce competition for grants from a limited budget resulting in anxiety about career progression. This happens despite the recognition that investing in STEM research is beneficial for the … Continue reading »

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Returners to Bioscience – a neglected pool of talented workers

by Gabriele Butkute, science policy assistant at the Royal Society of Biology There is a pool of talented workers that is not being fully accessed or acknowledged in our workforce – those who for one reason or another have been out of employment for some time but now wish to work again – the returners. … Continue reading »

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Homeopathy – What is it and does it work?

Opinion piece by Professor Nigel Brown FRSB, President of the Microbiology Society. The principle of homeopathy is that ‘like is treated with like’. The symptoms are treated with high dilutions of a material that would cause those symptoms in large amounts. For example, treatment with magnesium carbonate, known by homeopaths as Magnesia Carbonica, can be … Continue reading »

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Podcast: Creating synthetic life

Synthetic biology is a new, intriguing technology that could have a huge impact on humans and our environment. At our Biology Week 2015 debate, chaired by Dr Adam Rutherford, a panel of experts outlined the process of designing and building new life forms and discussed the ethical challenges we will face. What impact could synthetic … Continue reading »

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Podcast: Celebrating great biology books and photography

What are the secrets of taking a great wildlife photograph, writing an entertaining and informative science book, or engaging children with cutting edge research? Amelia Perry spoke to judges and winners at the Royal Society of Biology Annual Awards Ceremony during Biology Week 2015 to find out. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/231376309″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”225″ iframe=”true” /] Find … Continue reading »

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Tackling environmental waste by engineering microbes to clean up after us

Nikolaus Muldal, microbiology graduate from the University of Sheffield, sheds light on the exciting field of synthetic biology and how it might help us clean up our environment. Imagine the scene: 640 Olympic sized swimming pools overflowing with plastic rubbish. One group of researchers found this to be an unfortunate reality with over four million … Continue reading »

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