Bees have long been famous for their “waggle dance”, a series of moves telling other bees where good food can be found. But do you know just how intricate this dance is? It turns out bees have a complex language and we know how to eavesdrop onto their conversations.
It’s late. Really late. And you need to be up early. You’re tossing and turning. The later is gets the more stressed you feel. How are you going to get through the next day so sleep deprived? What if I told you all you need is to <em>believe</em> you got enough sleep?
Water: it covers 97% of the planet, makes up almost two-thirds of each of us, and is a requirement for life as we know it. But did you know too much of it can kill you?
Think having a treadmill at your desk is a ridiculous fad? It may not be realistic for most workplaces but the idea is strongly rooted in science. You’re probably aware that sitting down all day is bad for your health. But just how bad? And is there anything you can do, short of quitting your desk job?
You've suffered a gunshot wound. You're losing blood and your organs are failing fast. Would you let doctors drain your blood and chill your body to 10 ºC, entering a state of clinically-dead, suspended animation, to buy precious time that may save your life? This radical technique is being trailed by a group of doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
We have known for a long time that eating less (much less) can prolong life in many animals. Given fasting diets are currently all the rage, I decided to investigate the science. Is fasting also good for humans?
magine if there was something accessible, reliable and non-invasive to detect cancer before we even knew we had it. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But scientists have been working on just this. So, what exactly is this exciting cancer detector? Dogs!
A 3,300 year old person? Yep, it’s true. Sure, he might have stopped breathing a long time ago, but he’s looking remarkably good for his age. And whilst he no longer has the power of speech, there’s still an awful lot he can tell us about his life all those years ago. Meet Ötzi, the 3,300-year-old iceman.