The consequences of noise pollution

Noise pollution is a silent (but not so silent) threat to the environment. The idea of creating too much noise is often seen as a human problem; usually your neighbour complaining about how loud a party is. Aside from these inconveniences too much noise can harm animals and our health too.  How does noise pollution … Continue reading The consequences of noise pollution

Us and Them – faults in our understanding of animals.

I have been reading a book by primatologist Frans de Waal called “Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?”. The book is an amazing display of the faults in our understanding of animal behaviour and cognition. We often group animals in one category and separate animals from humans. Us vs Them. However, … Continue reading Us and Them – faults in our understanding of animals.

Could malaria be worsened by climate change?

Malaria is a serious public health issue with around 229 million cases worldwide (in 2019). The most vulnerable groups (children and pregnant women) cause the vast majority of deaths.  Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite. Plasmodium reproduces inside the Anopheles mosquito and the mosquito acts as a vector for transmission of the virus between … Continue reading Could malaria be worsened by climate change?

Paternity in the animal kingdom

It was International Men’s Day a few days ago so some appreciation for males who dominate parental roles in the animal kingdom seems extremely relevant. Although, this is less of a core science topic, it breaches into the ecology sect of biology which has proven to be equally as important to our lives as other … Continue reading Paternity in the animal kingdom

Synthetic Food? A sustainable alternative??

Synthetic Food could be the solution to famine and world hunger, however, some are dubious about the consequences of using synthetic food. Many already know that Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) production has damaged ecosystems and contributed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria (see my previous post on Superbugs). So why would synthetic food be any different? Before researching … Continue reading Synthetic Food? A sustainable alternative??

How do Fireworks Work?

Fireworks can be characterised as self-contained explosive devices which contain a mixture of many components such as oxidising agents, fuels and metal salts. We often associate fireworks with celebration, but the first fireworks were used to warn off evil spirits. Simple firecrackers are thought to have been developed around 1000 years ago by Chinese monk … Continue reading How do Fireworks Work?

Why Pineapple Irritates the Tongue

If you like eating pineapple, then you’re well aware of the stinging feeling you get in your mouth after eating it. This uncomfortable sensation can last for hours and there isn’t really anything we can do but wait for it to subside. Eating a lot of pineapple often results in particularly the tongue becoming sore … Continue reading Why Pineapple Irritates the Tongue