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  • Oxygen, blood and the body

    By Dr Simon Collinson

    How do living things transport and store oxygen for respiration? Dr Simon Collinson explains.

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Jun 2021

  • Oxygen, blood and the body

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    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jun 2021
    How do living things transport and store oxygen for respiration? Dr Simon Collinson explains.
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    Vaccines for Viruses and Covid-19

    By Professor David Kingsley Male

    The immune system has evolved to protect us against infectious agents, including viruses. Currently, with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there is great interest in exactly how the immune system protects against viruses and the development of anti...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    04 Jun 2021

  • Vaccines for Viruses and Covid-19

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Jun 2021
    The immune system has evolved to protect us against infectious agents, including viruses. Currently, with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there is great...
  • Coronavirus: The Lowdown

    The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting almost everyone worldwide. We've pulled together some content on the virus and how to cope in these unprecedented times.

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    14 May 2021

  • Coronavirus: The Lowdown

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 May 2021
    The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting almost everyone worldwide. We've pulled together some content on the virus and how to cope in these unprecedented times.
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    The science of chocolate

    By Professor Claire Turner

    Senior lecturer in analytical science Claire Turner asks: Can chocolate ever be good for us?

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    31 Mar 2021

  • The science of chocolate

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2021
    Senior lecturer in analytical science Claire Turner asks: Can chocolate ever be good for us?
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    Influential women scientists in chemistry

    By Dr Simon Collinson

    Women have played a significant role in the areas of chemistry, the environment and health. Here are just six key players...

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    5 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    24 Mar 2021

  • Influential women scientists in chemistry

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    Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Mar 2021
    Women have played a significant role in the areas of chemistry, the environment and health. Here are just six key players...
  • What lives in, and on, you

    By Dr Mark Hirst, Prof Hilary MacQueen

    You and your microbiota. Although you might think of yourself as a single individual composed of many millions of cells, you are also host to over one hundred trillion bacteria. 

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    11 Mar 2021

  • What lives in, and on, you

    Beginner level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Mar 2021
    You and your microbiota. Although you might think of yourself as a single individual composed of many millions of cells, you are also host to over one...
  • Rare diseases: low numbers, high impact

    By Emily Coode, Dr Katja Rietdorf

    Rare Diseases Day is celebrated annually on the last day of February. This ‘rare day’ which occurs on the 28th February, or once every 4 years, the 29th of February was an apt choice for Rare Diseases Day. Many people do not fully appreciate what...

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    26 Feb 2021

  • Rare diseases: low numbers, high impact

    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Feb 2021
    Rare Diseases Day is celebrated annually on the last day of February. This ‘rare day’ which occurs on the 28th February, or once every 4 years, the 29th of...
  • Broken Hearts in Batten Disease (Juvenile Dementia)

    By Emily Coode, Dr Katja Rietdorf

    An overview of the processes that cause the regular beating of a healthy heart, and the structure of cardiac myocytes (heart muscle cells) with a brief introduction to changes in the heart function found in CLN3 disease, or juvenile...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    15 Feb 2021

  • Broken Hearts in Batten Disease (Juvenile Dementia)

    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Feb 2021
    An overview of the processes that cause the regular beating of a healthy heart, and the structure of cardiac myocytes (heart muscle cells) with a brief ...
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    DNA Profiling

    By Dr Martin Bootman

    Dr Martin Bootman explains what DNA profiling is, how it works and how it can be used to catch a killer.

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    09 Feb 2021

  • DNA Profiling

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    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Feb 2021
    Dr Martin Bootman explains what DNA profiling is, how it works and how it can be used to catch a killer.
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    Biology Week

    By Rachel McMullan

    Celebrate all the biosciences during the Royal Society Biology Week 2020, running over nine days from 3rd - 11th October. 

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    28 Sep 2020

  • Biology Week

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Sep 2020
    Celebrate all the biosciences during the Royal Society Biology Week 2020, running over nine days from 3rd - 11th October. 

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