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Where are all the Mangarahara cichlid hiding?
In the early 2000s, Brian Zimmerman and his team at London Zoo received a donation from a private fish-breeder of some Mangarahara cichlids. At the time, scientists hadn’t yet officially described the species. Not much was known about it, other than its provenance, the Mangarahara river in...
How do you grow rice faster?
Currently over three billion people depend on rice for survival, and, owing to predicted population increases and a general trend towards urbanisation, land that provided enough rice to feed 27 people in 2010 will need to support 43 by 2050.
Is there a faster way to diagnose Tuberculosis?
Tuberculosis (TB) has influenced history. The disease was for centuries associated with poetic and artistic qualities in its sufferers, and was known as "the romantic disease". But in reality there is nothing romantic about the disease. Before drug therapy was available in 1946, nearly half of...
How do you teach a robot social cues?
Robots already perform many traditionally human tasks, from vacuuming to surgery—and they could soon help care for the sick and elderly. But until they can convincingly mimic emotions, their caretaker value will be severely limited.
Can you stop Alzheimer’s before it even starts?
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is life changing for the person with the disease, as well as their family and friends. The changes don’t happen overnight. It starts with the small things and then it progresses. But what if there was a way of figuring out the early warning signs of slowing it down or...
What is antimatter?
Antimatter has fuelled many a supernatural tale, but it's also fascinating all by itself. Many people think of it as an "out there" theoretical idea, unaware that it is actually being produced every day. What's more, research on antimatter is actually helping us to understand how the universe...
What do water striders have in common with Game of Thrones?
Game of Thrones, the world created by author George RR Martin, has gone from beloved book series to much watched box set; Murder, sex, dragons, incest and a battle for the throne! What more could you want from a TV series? Science of course!
How does the brain identify voices?
166,000 visitors, 700 competition entries and 1 live experiment! As part of the Brain Diaries exhibition, which took place at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, researchers asked the general public what they would like to find out if they had access to an MRI scanner and a team of...
How do you mend a broken heart?
It’s the organ that pumps our blood around our body to keep us alive…the heart. But what happens after a heart attack? If you are lucky and rushed to hospital quickly enough, you may escape with minimal damage but many patients are left with a scar that doesn’t heal. Is there any hope of fixing...