Essays

Essays

Sep 19th 2017

Having lots of different types of bacteria in your gut has many health benefits, including a lower risk of diabetes,

Sep 15th 2017

Every working day, GPs in the UK diagnose almost 1,000 people with type 2 diabetes. It is one of the commonest and most expensive diseases.

Sep 14th 2017

I had my complete genome sequenced a few years ago – all six billion base pairs of it.

Sep 12th 2017

The claim that Eskimos have 50 words for snow may be apocryphal, but it neatly illustrates the truism that our vocabulary becomes more extensive and nuanced for phenomena we encounter frequently.

Sep 4th 2017

1. The Christian Science Monitor says that in 2016, US solar businesses employed 260,077 workers – up 25 percent from 2015.

Sep 4th 2017

There is growing evidence that inflammation – already known to be a cause of many whole-body diseases – is also involved in diseases of the brain, including psychiatric conditions like depression.

Aug 29th 2017

HAMDEN, CONNECTICUT – Stephen Bannon may be out, but don’t breathe a sigh of relief. His exit poses a new, more fundamental danger for liberals worldwide.

Aug 29th 2017

Dementia is by no means an inevitable result of ageing. In fact, one in three dementia cases can be prevented, according to new findings published in The Lancet.

Aug 29th 2017

Research into how we can keep our brains healthy as we age has gained momentum in recent years.

Aug 27th 2017

Let’s try you. Read the title above once, then cover it and write down word for word what you remember. Having difficulties? How well you do may be down to which country you live in.

Aug 27th 2017

Despite Trump having pulled the US out of the Paris Climate accord, there is reason to think that the US will nevertheless meet its obligations to reduce deadly carbon dioxide emissions.

Aug 13th 2017

Stress is bad for our physical and mental health.

Aug 5th 2017

Psychologist Sigmund Freud famously proposed that our personal development is pretty much determined by events in our early childhood.

Aug 4th 2017

Obesity is a risk factor for numerous disorders that afflict the human race, so understanding how to maintain a healthy body weight is one of the most urgent issues facing society.

Aug 4th 2017

The 2001 discovery of the seven million-year-old Sahelanthropus, the first known upright ape-like creatures, was yet more proof of humanity’s place among the great apes.

Jul 29th 2017

The Telegraph reports that Royal Dutch Shell, the massive oil company, has abruptly decided that petroleum prices are likely to remain low “forever,” given the rise of the electric vehic

Jul 29th 2017

If you are reading this and you don’t smoke, then your major risk factor for dying is probably your age. That’s because we have nearly eliminated mortality in early life, thanks to advances in science and engineering.

Jul 25th 2017

There are lots of productive ways to analyse Brexit – why it happened, how it’s developing, and how it might turn out.

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