200 years ago, people discovered Antarctica – and promptly began profiting by slaughtering some of its animals to near extinction
For 200 years, a small number of countries have exploited the marine wildlife of Antarctica, often with devastating impact on their populations.
Nov. 13, 2020 • ~8 min
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We're full of blood – around five litres, on average.
May 13, 2020 • ~7 min
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A century old therapy is being tested on patients with COVID-19.
May 12, 2020 • ~7 min
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A fetus needs oxygen long before its lungs work and it's exposed to the air. Some ingenious biochemistry explains how the mother's blood delivers it.
May 5, 2020 • ~6 min
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Have you ever felt a piercing pain in your head when you eat something cold?
April 23, 2020 • ~4 min
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Checking blood for coronavirus antibodies – 3 questions answered about serological tests and immunity
After your body fights off an infection, antibodies remain in your blood. Two researchers explain how tests identify these antibodies and what the data can be used for.
April 16, 2020 • ~9 min
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Antibodies in the blood of COVID-19 survivors know how to beat coronavirus – and researchers are already testing new treatments that harness them
Before a vaccine is available to teach your immune system to ward off the coronavirus, maybe you can directly use molecules that have already fought it in other people.
April 1, 2020 • ~9 min
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Grisly early experiments laid the foundation of our understanding of how to keep organs 'alive' in isolation.
March 11, 2020 • ~8 min
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