The Journey of a Lifetime (Part 3) - Spooky Action at a Distance

The Journey of a Lifetime (Part 3) - Spooky Action at a Distance

Missed the previous parts? Have a gander at Part 1 here and Part 2 here With the characterisation of a magnetic compass, the research stemming from Monarch migration has received new life. Revisiting the established discovery that blocking antennae light-detection resulted in complete disorientation, it was now clear that not only the sun compass but also the magnetic…

The Journey of a Lifetime (Part 2) - A Magnetic Map Under Cloudy Skies

The Journey of a Lifetime (Part 2) - A Magnetic Map Under Cloudy Skies

Missed Part 1? Have a gander here For researchers attempting to unravel the story of the Monarch migration, the fact that the circadian clocks in the brain played no part in migration came provided a surprising twist. The functions that did seem to be lost when the brain clock proteins were silenced highlighted that while they were…

The Journey of a Lifetime (Part 1) - Robins into Redstarts

The Journey of a Lifetime (Part 1) - Robins into Redstarts

Ancient Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle classified over 500 species of birds, mammals and fish. Finely in tune with the natural world, his analyses deciphered many of the processes that occur in nature for the first time and endured for centuries. However, from time to time some of his observations were a little removed from reality. Every year, as…

Boning up on osteoporosis - how hibernating polar bears could yield a new generation of treatments

Boning up on osteoporosis - how hibernating polar bears could yield a new generation of treatments

Disuse osteoporosis is bone loss resulting from reduced mechanical loading of the skeleton; the processes of bone formation and bone resorption,in which cells known as osteoclasts break down bone and release the minerals, resulting in a transfer of calcium from bone fluid to the blood, become unbalanced. This is big problem for those immobilised due to a stroke or…