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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.

Fish and their sun-protective “superpowers”

With the summer holidays in full swing and the sun making (intermittent) appearances, it’s time to start lathering on the suntan cream! Despite the hassle and general “greasiness” of these products, suntan cream is essential to protect our skin from … Continue reading

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Citizen science: the power of the crowd

Have you ever thought about being a scientist?  The growing movement of citizen science encourages public volunteers to contribute towards ‘the doing’ of scientific research, all without giving up the day job, undergoing extensive training or putting on a white … Continue reading

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The science of silly: Our top 20 science jokes

I’m not sure about you but, for me, Sunday hails the end of one long week and the beginning of another *yawn! So, just in time to brighten up your Monday morning, the Brain Bank team have complied a list … Continue reading

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A Closed Door or an Open Window?

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have recently announced that they are lessening their proposed stance in relation to Open Access (OA) for the next round of the Research Excellence Framework (REF). If that opening sentence seems like … Continue reading

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Suicide: killed by depression?

Please note that, due to its content, readers may find this article distressing. I had been kidnapped by depression and killed. Gwyneth Lewis A couple of months ago my friend died by suicide. A vivacious, kind and gentle guy, he … Continue reading

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Diabetes & Periodontitis – A Deadly Combination

People are unaware that diabetes mellitus, either type 1 or type 2, goes hand in hand with increased susceptibilities to oral health problems. Even diabetics themselves know little about the risks of bacterial infections such as Porphyromonas gingivalis, a primary … Continue reading

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Research provides a window into the depressed mind – but could this really help to improve the view from the inside?

The science blogosphere has been awash this past week with articles exploring a link between depression and damage to part of the brain known as the hippocampus. News outlets, such as IFLS, are claiming that: “Depression Damages Parts of the … Continue reading

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