Category Archives: Sarah Fox

Nudge: how science is being used to influence our behaviour

Do you ever feel you are being influenced by things beyond your control? Well you’re not alone. In 2009 the UK government put together a special unit (the Behavioural Insights Team AKA the Nudge Unit), dedicated to using insights from … Continue reading

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The best laid plans o’mice and researchers: my top 5 chance scientific discoveries.

Most scientists are rarely content until they can say that they have planned for all eventualities. But no matter how hard you try, lab work will often throw you a curve ball, turning up all manner of unexpected curiosities. Yes, … Continue reading

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The science behind Game of Thrones:

Spoiler alert: This article refers to events up to Season 4 Episode 2 of Game of Thrones. Please do not continue reading unless you have watched up to this point! Please do not include book spoilers in the comments section. … 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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Playing at a better future: Could video games improve your life?

Your brain is plastic. No, not like the picture to the right but in the sense that everything which makes us who we are (our thoughts, beliefs and understanding of the world around us) can be subject to change. This … Continue reading

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First patients enrolled on study aimed to improve outcome following brain injury.

Formed from around 80-90 billion neurons and with a consistency so soft you could cut it with a table knife, the brain is a delicate vulnerable organ. Unfortunately, despite its hard outer shell (the skull), the brain is still susceptible … Continue reading

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Should Backyard Brains bug out?

A US company, Backyard Brains, has recently been criticised for marketing a device which allows users to create their own ‘cyborg’ cockroach, using a mobile phone app to control the critter’s movements. The ‘kickstarter’ funded project, headed by graduate students … Continue reading

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