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 →


Hacked: The Human Edition

Here’s my latest blog post for the Biochemist Blog. Make sure you check out their other posts too. There’s some amazing article on there!

The Biochemist Blog

By Natalie Hamer, Newcastle University

In today’s western society, almost every individual owns a piece of technology. Be that a mobile phone, a tablet or a computer; technology has become so integrated into our lives that we use it daily to complete simple tasks such as communicating, banking and even shopping. The more we depend on technology, the more criminals will try to exploit this dependency to steal our private information for gain. As technology advances and our cyber security measures improve, so too do the methods employed by these so-called ‘hackers’ to breech our defences and exploit the weaknesses in our systems. Although this may seem like a very modern issue, hacking has actually been around for billions of years.

Code Image Computer coding. Photo by Joffi, Source: Pixabay.

The Scourge of Life

Viruses have plagued man-kind for as long as we can remember. From the common cold to HIV, our cells…

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The Battle of the Body

Our bodies are constantly being exposed to micro-organisms, every second of every day, from the air we breathe to the food we eat. In fact there are more bacterial cells in your body than there human ones! So why aren’t we always sick? This post will try to answer just that by exploring the army that is the human immune system.

The Antibiotic Apocalypse

Antibiotic resistance is a serious issue that poses a huge threat to human health. In this post I explore what antibiotic resistance is, the threat it poses and what we can do to combat it.

Cut and Paste- DNA Style

What if I told you the well know process of cut and paste could be applied to the very blueprint of life itself, DNA? Impossible right? Well maybe not.... Read on to find out how the revolutionary technique CRISPR is changing the face of gene editing and potentially the future.

The Science of Alcohol

Ever wondered what actually happens to your body on a night out? Read on to find out what actually causes those stumbling steps, bathroom breaks and that cracking hangover the next day.

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