Monthly Archives: July 2012

GM Crops Help Organic Crops Grow

July 31st, 2012 (No Comments)

In what seems like irony, in the context of the GM vs. Organic food debate, a recent study has shown that genetically modified crops actually help organic crops grow. This paper explains that GMOs provide a king of ‘herd immunity’ which protects the entire ecosystem – in a very similar manner to vaccinations. Unfortunately it […]

Bioluminescent Flowers

July 29th, 2012 (2 Comments)

Glow in the dark things are the quick becoming one of the most cliched products of the GMO world. This is probably because they are achievable and very easily recognised as alien and different. Humans love lights and glowing things in general – so glowing flowers seem like an obvious product. As of earlier this […]

The Role of Gender and Sex In Sport

July 28th, 2012 (3 Comments)

This article contains my personal opinions and musings. Today is the start of the London 2012 Summer Olympics. This year’s olympics has faced a number of controversies – one of which is somewhat pertinent to biology, the issue of gender and sex. The olympics, like many sporting institutions, has long separated competitors into two main […]

Robot Moves Using Mechanical ‘Tentacles’

July 27th, 2012 (1 Comment)

Japanese engineers have created a robot which can move around by shuffling and summersaulting using mechanical “tentacles”. The robot is called the ‘Metallic Vaio 2012’ and was custom built by Morinaga-san. This is a great example of biology inspiring robotics – taking it to new heights. Check out the video of this robot moving around […]

Artificial ‘Jellyfish’ Created From Rat Cells

July 26th, 2012 (No Comments)

The Parker Lab at Harvard University has incredibly created an artificial ‘jellyfish’ from nothing but rat heart cells. The lab has dubbed their creation a “medusoid” and they are using it to understand the fundamental laws of muscular pumps (such as the heart).  Parker remarked about the work: As truly impressive as this seems, it does […]