Blog Profile / Tom Feilden

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Archived Since:July 7, 2011

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Citizen science is the new black

Citizen science - the trend for involving amateurs in research projects - is all the rage nowadays but is it real science or just good PR? "This is a blob, nothing too impressive. Oh dear, another blob, these are elliptical galaxies....Show More Summary

Reaching Out To The Stars

Nasa clearly gets it, kicking off its press conference on the Voyager space mission with an impromptu skit based on the iconic opening sequence of Star Trek. "Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the star ship... Voyager. Show More Summary

Could avatars aid schizophrenia therapy?

A surprising way of helping schizophrenic patients deal with the voices in their heads has emerged and is about undergo a clinical trial. "You're a thicko." It's not quite the way you expect a psychiatrist to address his schizophrenic...Show More Summary

Stark warning over state of nature

Another day, another depressing report detailing the remorseless decline of British wildlife. Some things never change. And that, in itself, is part of the problem. The constant drip-feed of bad news on the environment has inured usShow More Summary

Building a biological model of mental illness

A team of scientists based at Cardiff University who found that a handful of genes are implicated in a wide range of debilitating neurological conditions have won £5m for further research. "So the animal has actually gone to the wrong panel. Show More Summary

Is Nasa looking in the wrong place for life?

The world's leading space agency, Nasa, has an ambitious new Grand Plan: to "identify, capture and relocate" an asteroid. Outlining the Agency's $17.7 billion budget proposal for 2014, Nasa administrator Charles Bolden said the mission...Show More Summary

'Cinderella cancer' comes in from the cold

It's a sobering thought for all us carriers of the Y chromosome, but prostate cancer kills almost as many men every year as breast cancer does women. According to Cancer Research UK some 41, 000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer...Show More Summary

Characterising exoplanets

` We've come a long way since 1995 when Michael Mayor and Didier Queloz claimed the first official detection of an exoplanet orbiting a distant star - the somewhat prosaically named 51 Pegasi b, orbiting a sun-like star some 51 light-years...Show More Summary

Keeping up with the Jinzhousauruses

Where do you go if you want to know everything there is to know about dinosaurs? Well obviously you could ask any passing nine-year-old boy, but if you can't find one of those you're going to need The Complete Dinosaur, 2nd Edition.Show More Summary

Which bright spark knocked over the inkwell?

A new image from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) provides a remarkable insight into star formation. It looks like a smear of clumsily spilt black ink, or perhaps (for the more romantically minded), a rip in the star-studded cloak...Show More Summary

Does lead poisoning make you violent?

It may sound fanciful, but a growing body of evidence seems to suggest there may be a link between violent crime and - no, not policing strategy, or sentencing reform, or even trends in drug abuse, but - exposure to lead. Yes that'sShow More Summary

The shape of medicine to come?

We've heard a lot about a new era of personalised medicine - some of it pretty wild speculation about miracle cures - that would follow in the wake of the Human Genome Project. According to President Bill Clinton it would "revolutionise...Show More Summary

Switching on a light in the brain

A new technique known as optogenetics is lighting up the field of neuroscience. The idea involves genetically engineering neurons to respond to light, and then using powerful lasers to stimulate and control their expression. The technique...Show More Summary

Nipping MRSA in the bud

How gene sequencing has helped to map and block an outbreak of MRSA Scientists and politicians promised much when the human genome was first sequenced back in 2000. In a live transatlantic press conference President Bill Clinton proclaimed that it would "revolutionize the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of most if not all human diseases". Show More Summary

Gas guzzler

The Milky Way's black hole sizes up its next meal. Guy Fawkes' night may still be fresh in the memory, but astronomers are already jostling for ringside seats at an even more spectacular fireworks display. Over the next few months the...Show More Summary

Gas guzzler

Guy Fawkes' night may still be fresh in the memory, but astronomers are already jostling for ringside seats at an even more spectacular fireworks display. Over the next few months the super-massive black hole at the centre of our galaxy...Show More Summary

'Not-so-identical' twins may hold the key to disease

How understanding epigenetic switching could cast light on subtle differences that may give rise to illness. "Growing up we were like two peas in a pod." "Even our best friends found it quite hard to tell us apart". Dan and Scott Shillum...Show More Summary

Badgers back in the firing line

A new cull of badgers could start in two pilot areas within days. "As far as badger culling is concerned it has nothing to offer in terms of controlling TB in cattle, and could indeed make the situation worse". That was the emphatic,...Show More Summary

Of birdbaths and birdbrains

Crows - as any child familiar with Aesop's Fables can tell you - are very smart birds. But are they smarter than children? According to Aesop "A crow, half-dead with thirst, came upon a pitcher of water..." to cut a long story short,...Show More Summary

Seeing in the dark

How do you see what was happening in the early Universe, before the first stars ignited, lighting up the inky blackness? It's a question that has posed serious problems for astronomers who, in the absence of observational data, haveShow More Summary

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