Man flu: an enigma wrapped in a damp towel
I'm not sure that research focusing on the preoptic nucleus will settle things – it's really a matter for the psychology of illnessIt's a truth universally acknowledged that men are pathetic. Around this time of year, the man in your life will get the merest sniffle and retire to bed until the middle of next month. He'll take all the toilet rolls, the box set of Game of Thrones and a punchably pitiful look that says, like some Vietnam vet, "You weren't there, man. You wouldn't understand." He'll also take his mobile phone, for reasons that will become clear in a moment.Meanwhile, you will continue heroicall...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 25, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Stuart Jeffries Tags: Comment Infectious diseases Health Medical research Microbiology Society Flu Gender Science Comment is free Source Type: news

Freda Collier obituary
My aunt, Freda Collier, who has died aged 97, became well-known in the early 1950s as part of the core team of Maurice Wilkins, John Randall and Rosalind Franklin (plus Franklin's PhD student, Raymond Gosling) working at King's College London on the structure of DNA. Freda was Franklin's x-ray photographer and headed the photographic laboratory at King's that produced the famous "photo 51" seen by James Watson from Cambridge University. Watson immediately realised that the molecule revealed was a double helix.As Watson described later in his book The Double Helix (1968): "The instant I saw the picture my mou...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 21, 2013 Category: Science Tags: People in science Obituaries Biology Medical research Nobel prizes Science prizes Source Type: news

Quadruple DNA discovery could lead to novel cancer treatment
Researchers at Cambridge University say they have observed four-sided DNA at work in the human body, a discovery which could lead to new novel treatment to stop the proliferation of cancer cells. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - January 21, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

'Quadruple helix' DNA in humans
Cambridge University scientists say they have seen four-stranded DNA at work in human cells for the first time and wonder if it might provide a target for the development of novel anti-cancer treatments. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Birdbooker Report 255 | @GrrlScientist
Compiled by an ardent bibliophile, this weekly report includes;Birds and Habitat: Relationships in Changing Landscapes & The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa, both newly published in North America and the UKBooks to the ceiling, Books to the sky,My pile of books is a mile high.How I love them! How I need them!I'll have a long beard by the time I read them. ~ Arnold Lobel [1933-1987] author of many popular children's books. Compiled by Ian "Birdbooker" Paulsen, the Birdbooker Report is a weekly report that has been published online for years, listing the wide variety of nature, natural history, ecology, animal ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 20, 2013 Category: Science Authors: GrrlScientist Tags: Blogposts Science Source Type: news

TV bids to win pre-school kids over to science
It's Dick and Dom in the lab as comic duo lead stars hoping to spark young children's interestProfessor Brian Cox has been credited with a resurgence in interest in science among teenagers through his hit television series. Now the BBC is hoping that children's TV presenters Dick and Dom will have a similar effect on much younger viewers.The BBC's children's digital channels, CBeebies and CBBC, will embark on a wide range of new programming this month, aimed at those aged four and above, which will cover inventors and engineering, from Archimedes to Isambard Kingdom Brunel.Every device has been used to make the shows inter...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 20, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Maggie Brown Tags: Children's TV News Media BBC UK news The Observer Science Television & amp; radio Source Type: news

Why only some people become addicted to drugs: Scans of cocaine users reveal the shape of your brain could be to blame
Recreational drug users who do not develop a dependence have an abnormally large frontal lobe in their brain, a Cambridge University study has revealed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brigitte Askonas obituary
Immunologist whose work led to the development of many new vaccinesBrigitte Askonas, widely known as Ita, who has died aged 89, was one of the leading figures of modern immunology. She built on the work of the science's earlier pioneers, Louis Pasteur and Paul Ehrlich, by increasing understanding of the immune system as an intricate network of many cell types interacting and producing mediators to control their complex functions.The principal base for her work was the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), north-west London, which she joined in 1952. She spent 36 years there, the last 12 of them as head of the imm...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 10, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Bridget Ogilvie Tags: The Guardian Obituaries Medical research Immunology Biochemistry and molecular biology Science Source Type: news

Higgs boson was just a start for Cern's atom smasher – other mysteries await
The Large Hadron Collider will shut down for an overhaul in preparation for exploring questions of dark matter, extra dimensions and other universesWhen it comes to shutting down the most powerful atom smasher ever built, it's not simply a question of pressing the off switch.In the French-Swiss countryside on the far side of Geneva, staff at the Cern particle physics laboratory are taking steps to wind down the Large Hadron Collider. After the latest run of experiments ends next month, the huge superconducting magnets that line the LHC's 27km-long tunnel must be warmed up, slowly and gently, from -271 Celsius to room tempe...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 1, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Tags: The Guardian Particle physics News Higgs boson Features Cern Science Source Type: news

Stephen Hawking silences Go Compare singer in latest ad instalment
Ad features 70-year-old physicist opening black hole in space-time continuum to silence annoying tenor Gio ComparioPhysicist Stephen Hawking has put his extensive knowledge of black hole theories to good use, by conjuring one to suck the irritating opera-singer in the Go Compare ads into another dimension.Hawking, who has notched up an impressive array of pop culture credits including appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Simpsons and Red Dwarf, is the latest celebrity to feature in the insurance price-comparison website's TV advertising.The latest ad features the 70-year-old Hawking opening a black hole in th...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 1, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Mark Sweney Tags: The Guardian Media Money Stephen Hawking Insurance Editorial Advertising Science Source Type: news

Cambridge University's Victorian prison for prostitutes
Between 1864 and 1886 public health legislation was used to detain, examine and forcibly treat alleged prostitutes in an attempt to reduce venereal disease in the armed forces. Even after this legislation was repealed the University of Cambridge continued an older tradition of imprisoning women, until teenager Daisy Hopkins challenged their right to arrest her in an explosive court case.Victorian public health reforms generally get a good press – decent sewage systems, clean water, rules about food hygiene, etc. But sometimes people thought that the protection of the 'public' health had gone too far, and that individ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 19, 2012 Category: Science Authors: Vanessa Heggie Tags: History of science Source Type: news

Text mining: what do publishers have against this hi-tech research tool?
Researchers push for end to publishers' default ban on computer scanning of tens of thousands of papers to find links between genes and diseasesProfessor Peter Murray-Rust was looking for new ways to make better drugs. Dr Heather Piwowar wanted to track how scientific papers were cited and shared by researchers around the world. Dr Casey Bergman wanted to create a way for busy doctors and scientists to quickly navigate the latest research in genetics, to help them treat patients and further their research.All of them needed access to tens of thousands of research papers at once, so they could use computers to look for unse...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 23, 2012 Category: Science Authors: Alok Jha, Science correspondent Tags: Peer review and scientific publishing Research Science Higher education Technology University of Cambridge University of Manchester Intellectual property Books UK news Open access scientific publishing Source Type: news

Stephen Hawking admits he finds women 'a complete mystery'
Physicist who has grappled with cosmic inflation and a quantum theory of gravity says he is baffled by womenHis career has shed light on the secrets of the universe, from the nature of space-time to the workings of black holes, but there is one conundrum that still baffles the world's most famous scientist.In an interview to mark his 70th birthday this weekend,Stephen Hawking, the former Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge University, admitted he spent most of the day thinking about women. "They are," he said "a complete mystery."Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 4, 2012 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample, science correspondent Tags: Stephen Hawking Science Physics People in science Women UK news World news Source Type: news

Cambridge University Press Introduces University Publishing Online
Cambridge University Press launched University Publishing Online, an ebook and digital content platform that aggregates content from several scholarly presses worldwide. Extending the Cambridge Books Online offering, University Publishing Online aims to provide libraries with ebooks and database products from academic publishers. (Source: EContent RSS Feeds : Research Center: Sci-Tech/Medical)
Source: EContent RSS Feeds : Research Center: Sci-Tech/Medical - November 2, 2011 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Doomed civilisations
We have a lot to learn from the demise of the Mayans, says Sanjida O'ConnellIn the 1830s, explorers John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood "rediscovered" the Mayan cities of South America. Here was the archetypal picture of a great "lost" civilisation, its abandoned monuments submerged by the encroaching jungle."It's a very evocative image when you have cities that have transparently undergone some Sodom and Gomorrah-like cataclysm. Some might even think it is a judgment from God," says Dr Chris Scarre, an archaeologist from the McDonald Institute, Cambridge University. It is tempting to...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 24, 2001 Category: Science Authors: Sanjida O'Connell Tags: Science Humanities Technology Higher education Wonders of the world Mayan temples of Tikal, Guatemala Source Type: news