Can Bees Be Pessimists?

A Newcastle University study has shown that honeybees act more pessimistically following an exposure to a stressful event. Bees subject to an anxiety-inducing, predatory-like attack, form pessimistic views of future events. Professor Melissa Bateson, Director of the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution, said, “Whether animals experience human-like emotions is hugely controversial and of immense social... Continue Reading →

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Antibiotic Resistance: A Communication Error

I recently read a blog post on ‘Nature jobs’ about science communication and the importance of tailoring your message to the audience you’re trying reach. The post referred to a study commissioned by the Wellcome Trust which questioned the general public on the problem of antibiotic resistance. Rather worryingly the study revealed that there are numerous misconceptions about what antibiotic resistance is and what causes it.

Plankton: The Unsung Hero of the Sea!

Despite the bad rep plankton receive thanks to the popular kid's TV show 'SpongeBob Squarepants', plankton are in fact a vital part of the marine food web. In this post I'll discuss their role as primary producers and talk about some exciting new research on phytoplankton growth in the Arctic!

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