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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

Is pressure to publish causing scientific fraud?

A paper which was widely regarded as an exciting breakthrough has come under scrutiny, with some people suggesting that the results were false, or even fabricated. This is not the first time that a major study has been subject to … Continue reading

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The elephant: the largest living land animal

From the killer whale whose heart is large enough to fit a small car inside, to the crocodile whose lungs are able to move around within its body cavity to alter its centre of gravity: the animal kingdom contains some … Continue reading

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Neuromarketing: a whole lot of fluff?

The camera pans across a dimly lit swamp. It picks up a bullfrog letting out a deep, loud “BUD”. Another frog joins in with a shrill “Weisssss”; their friend finishes off with a baritone “Er”. At first they call out … Continue reading

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The Health Benefits of Kissing

Pucker up, because it seems kissing has a number of important health benefits ranging from improving mood and stress levels, to actually enhancing our bodies natural immunity to illness. Mouth to mouth kissing is a behaviour seen in almost 90% … Continue reading

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Diving narcosis and laughing gas

I watched a programme the other day about a deep sea mystery. A strangely high number of experienced deep sea divers had been lost on diving trips in a particular bay, and no one seemed to know why. The presenter, … Continue reading

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Night Nurse: The problem of night-time noise in hospitals

Picture the scene: It’s been a long day, you’ve been violently ill and feel like every ounce of strength has been drained from your body. Finally, after being poked and prodded, interrogated and tested, you find yourself in a warm … Continue reading

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A tale of anxiety and reward – the role of stress and pleasure in addiction relapse

At the start of February we heard the horrible news that Philip Seymour Hoffman, a wonderful Academy Award winning actor, had died from a drug overdose. This followed news from last year of the death of Glee star Cory Monteith … Continue reading

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