Call Of The Wild: How to talk to animals, and how they can talk back

As a little kid, when asked what superpower I wanted, the answer was always the same. ‘Talk to animals!’ I would yell, then proceed to go cuddle my dog, or run around the garden, or whatever my young carefree heart desired. It may have seemed like a superpower to me back then, but we can … More Call Of The Wild: How to talk to animals, and how they can talk back

More Than Just a Meal: The Importance of Animal Remains in Archaeology

This one’s by Ellis – our second guest writer! *** We all share an interest in the past, though few of us take an active role in re-creating it. Our current understanding of human history is based on the accumulation of information, through any source that has survived the test of time. In archaeology, historical … More More Than Just a Meal: The Importance of Animal Remains in Archaeology

Revolution in Evolution: 2017 (and beyond)

For a long time now it has been increasingly recognised that the human (aka anatomically modern human, AMH, Homo sapien etc…) evolutionary line is not like the simple ape-to-man illustration we stereotypically see. Our earliest and messy ancestry is branches, clusters and accumulations of different species either dying out, or meeting and mating. This ancestry … More Revolution in Evolution: 2017 (and beyond)

Frankenstein Part III: Mob mentality

This is the third and final instalment in the trilogy of Frankenstein inspired posts (don’t worry, there will be other super cool science posts coming up on awesome, slightly science fiction related themes like regeneration, de-extinction, hypnosis and mind control, the future of prosthetics, and more!) Here we focus not on the fictional creature but … More Frankenstein Part III: Mob mentality

Ash, Elm, Oak or Birch: A reforestation revival which could help prevent global warming

Great tree-hugging news! The UK has (technically) finished planting its first new forest in over 1000 years! The National Forest, spread across the Midlands villages of Moira, Donisthorpe and Overseal, was once quarried, mined and heavily polluted land in the form of 500 abandoned industrial sites. Now though, this area is covered in a canopy … More Ash, Elm, Oak or Birch: A reforestation revival which could help prevent global warming