Tag: research

  • Colourful Chameleons and Stripy Zebras – The Coolest Animals in Africa

    You can say all you like about lions or elephants being the coolest animals in Africa. They are awesome for sure but they’re not quite the top. I suggest that that title goes to the chameleon and the zebra. Why? They are just so unique: one changes colour as much as a fashion model, and […]


  • Mosquitos – fine-tuned by evolution to preferentially feed on humans

    Would you look at that! The story of mosquitos, cheese and body odour has taken another leap into scientific respectability with a paper being published in the pinnacle of journals, Nature. “Evolution of mosquito preference for humans linked to an odorant receptor” by McBride and colleagues was published towards the end of last year and […]

  • Predicting your academic career

    Publication metrics and success on the academic job market David van Dijk, Ohad Manor, Lucas B. Carey Current Biology 2014 Vol 24 No 11 R516 I caught this paper in a TOC email from Current Biology. “Predict who becomes a PI” they say. “Hmm,” I think, “This should be interesting.” The abstract sets out the […]

  • Explainer Science News 07.08.13

    This week, some research news for the Explainer team at the Science Museum – encompassing research from the whole of July, 2013.

  • Science Haiku

    Cavefish body clocks Tick, tick, tick in the darkness Why there you might ask?

  • How do you study circadian rhythms?

    Science requires controlled and well-planned experiments. Without correct set-up, results from experiments may not be reliable enough to be trusted. Circadian biology is no different in that regard, and especially when trying to find out if something has a working circadian clock, controlled experiments are crucial.

  • Models in research

    A lot of research (especially in biological sciences) is conducted using ‘models’. Like models in the fashion world, research models serve as a showcase of a specific (trait) or phenomena and can be a very useful tool for those scientists who are interested in that problem.