Part 2: Moon of My Life

Fact: Your body has ‘tides’ because of the moon. They are just really, really, really small. The moon causes tides in the ocean by exerting a gravitational pull on the water, which changes over the course of a day as the relative positions of the earth and the moon change. The gravitational pull of the moon…

Part 1: My Sun and Stars

Fact: Humans are 90% stardust. Human beings are mostly made up of water, with a few other bits and pieces thrown in for good measure. That means we are largely made of Hydrogen atoms, followed by lots of Oxygen, a fair bit of Carbon, some Nitrogen and a sprinkling of some more interesting stuff. Immediately…

Man’s Best Friend

Fact: Dogs can smell cancer. A charity called ‘Medical Detection Dogs’ is undertaking the first clinical trial looking at using sniffer dogs to do something a little more holistic than seeking out drugs and sausages at Manchester Airport. The procedure is simple – wee in a pot, pooch gives it a sniff and if they sit…

Ad Infinitum

Fact: Viruses can get viruses. We are just cells, and parasites that we call viruses (or phage) that kill those cells in order to replicate. In exactly the same way, bacteria have viruses too – those care called bacteriophage. When it starts to get spinny is when you realise that viruses themselves have viruses –…