How Do Your Clothes Pollute the Ocean?

16 July 2017

Lab Chat

Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental problems facing the world. It’s destroying marine habitats and seriously harming a diverse range of species in the ocean. But did you know your clothes are contributing to the mess? Clothes are actually made up of tiny plastic fibres which can make their way into the ocean when washed. Read on to see how this happens and how it’s affecting o...

What Vaccinations Does Your Baby Need?

15 July 2017

Lab Chat

As a routine procedure, some countries administer vaccinations to babies in their first few weeks and months. It prevents the babies from developing infections, which could lead to serious diseases. In France, the number of routine vaccinations is about to change – making it compulsory to vaccinate children against 11 illnesses. Read on to see what vaccines are covered by the changes.

The im...

How Does US Fossil Fuel Funding Compare to Renewables?

14 July 2017

Lab Chat

Around the world, governments are aiming to back renewable energy with a view to reducing our dependency on fossil fuels. But do their actions match their claims? A new report reveals the amount of funding being put into different energy types by the US government. Read on to see how much financial support they’re providing across the sectors.

Funding energy – what’s the point?

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What Are ‘Climate Refugees’?

13 July 2017

Lab Chat

There’s no doubt about it, the world is struggling with the ongoing refugee crisis. Warfare is forcing people to flee their homes in hope of safety. It’s made more problematic by anti-immigration politics, which remains hung up on the economic downsides of helping people survive. It’s not just warfare, however. There is also a growing number people forced out of their countries by the effects o...

How Were Ancient Water Bottles Harming Native Americans?

12 July 2017

Lab Chat

Ancient remains hold a huge amount of information. If they’re skeletal remains, they can be assessed for illnesses and disease, while tools and instruments left behind can give us an insight into how our ancestors went about their daily life. However, these instruments can also reveal where they were going wrong. Read on to see how ancient water bottles may have been causing serious health prob...

How is Coffee Damaging the Environment?

21 June 2017

Lab Chat

Whether it’s an espresso in the morning, a cappuccino at lunch or a constant stream of instant through the day – most of us drink coffee. It gets people out of bed, and keeps them alert through the day. It’s so ingrained in most societies that scientists have even looked into ways of brewing the “ideal coffee”. But could your daily habit be causing damage to the environment? Read on to see the ...

Would One Vegetarian Day Make a Difference to the Environment?

19 June 2017

Lab Chat

On June 12th each year, people around the world celebrate World Meat-Free Day. Now in its third year, the initiative is attracting more people than ever, who pledge to remove meat from their diet for just 24 hours. Why? Partly to open them up to the health benefits, but also to raise awareness of how a vegetarian diet can boost the environment. Read on to see how much of a difference World Meat...

Are Men Really Stronger Than Women?

16 June 2017

Lab Chat

Who’s stronger – men or women? It’s a question that’s often answered far too quickly, without much thought for the facts. “Men are physically stronger,” is a commonly stated reason against unisex sports, for example. But, while that may be true on the whole, it doesn’t necessarily make them the stronger sex. Read on to see what science has to say on the matter.

Defining strength

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What is an Artificial Reef?

16 June 2017

Lab Chat

Coral reefs are a natural wonder like no other. They represent just 0.1% of our ocean surface, yet provide a home for more than a quarter of the Earth’s marine species. But what happens when they struggle to survive? Climate change has left our planet’s reefs heading for disaster and it’s up to science to provide a man-made solution. Read on to see how artificial reefs can help.

Rising ocean...

How Can a Tattoo Help with Diabetes?

14 June 2017

Lab Chat

Affecting around 415 million people worldwide, diabetes is clearly a serious problem. The disease centres around the body’s impairment in producing or responding to insulin. This dysfunction can lead to a number of more serious problems, as well as affecting the day to day life of sufferers. Read on to see how scientists are offering help in the form of a tattoo.

A daily struggle

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