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About thebrainbank

The brain bank comprises a group of Manchester based scientists eager to enthuse and entertain with their scientific banter. To learn more about who we are see the our 'about' page. You can also find us on twitter @brainbankmanc or email us brainbankmanc@gmail.com.

Droning On

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are remotely or autonomously piloted aircraft. Whilst UAVs have recently been most associated with military applications, their use in the field of atmospheric science and environmental monitoring is rapidly growing, from the monitoring of … Continue reading

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How to ‘get’ yourself some Science

Roll up! Roll up! The dawn of Open Access (OA) format has begun, thus making it possible (and indeed incentivised) for scientists to make their research freely accessible to all! This represents a  historical breakthrough; research will no longer be … Continue reading

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Manchester mathematicians give us all a chance to play the Imitation Game.

Let’s get the shameless plug out of the way first… On November 14th, `The Imitation Game’ – a biopic about the codebreaker, mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role – is released in … Continue reading

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Winter: a SAD time for some

We all feel a little ‘blue’ over the winter period. With the days getting shorter and cold setting in, it’s no wonder we find it harder to be our usual ‘perky’ selves. But for some people, this feeling is far … Continue reading

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Bovine tuberculosis in the UK- the bigger picture

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a disease that seems to gather a lot of attention in the popular press, especially the highly controversial badger culling trials in England and Wales. But what is this disease, and why is it so important … Continue reading

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The Science of Fear

Think of Halloween and FEAR comes to mind. From the scary horrors of the darkest of our imagination to just the thought of pestering children knocking on your door! We’ve all been there. Facing our worst nightmares. Heart starts racing. … Continue reading

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Prediction

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you could see in to the future? It’s right up there with invisibility, flight and super-strength as the super-power that people would love to possess. I don’t mean the type of … Continue reading

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