Author Archives: Dr Chloë Cyrus-Kent

Cambridge Science Festival 2016 – data and knowledge

It’s back and it’s even bigger than before, the veritable feast of exploration and adventure that is the Cambridge Science Festival. Head on over to the 2016 site to find out what this year is all about and what events … Continue reading

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Gliding in ants, bristletails and spiders

Tropical rainforest tree canopies offer an environment with unique rewards but also challenges for the many inhabitants, amongst which are wingless insects and other non-flying arthropods. Whilst they benefit from the abundant flowers and fruits found at the treetops, wingless … Continue reading

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Follow an Expedition into the Deep

The deep sea of the Gulf of Mexico is about to come under the microscope. Dr Edie Widdie and colleagues from Team ORCA (Ocean Research and Conservation Association) are running an expedition from 14 – 27 July. They will explore … Continue reading

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The Runes of Evolution: a fresh new read on convergence

For those fascinated by the living world, a great treat is in store. About to hit the shelves is a new publication about convergent evolution, The Runes of Evolution: How the Universe Became Self-Aware. This book is by the renowned biologist Professor … Continue reading

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A Festival of Light: Map of Life at the Cambridge Science Festival 2015

This year’s much anticipated Cambridge Science Festival was a great celebration of scientific discovery, exploration, ideas and research around the theme of LIGHT. Throughout a dynamic and busy fortnight thousands of people joined in a rich programme of talks, hand-on activities … Continue reading

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Tetrodotoxin: a potent defence for pufferfish… and other organisms

Tetrodotoxin is a lethal pufferfish defence chemical In Japanese cuisine, the iconic pufferfish Fugu (which refers to several species) is notorious because if improperly prepared its consumption can have fatal consequences. Some body parts, particularly the internal organs, contain high concentrations of one … Continue reading

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Barnacles: favoured by Darwin, convergent by nature

To mark Darwin Day 2015, which falls around Charles Darwin’s birthday (12th February) each year, we’re flagging up a marvellous creature that he particularly admired for its many strange characteristics: the barnacle. Naturally, the barnacle shows a host of notable convergences! Although they hardly … Continue reading

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