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Llama antibodies have now been incorporated in a recipe for a nasal spray designed to destroy infection from various strains of Influenza. Currently, the recipe has passed its first stage of animal testing and the results seem promising. Although, the medicine must undergo vigorous testing before human trials can begin, the development of this nasal spray may add a positive and much needed advancement in influenza vaccination development. The nasal spray could provide relief to the high-risk groups affected by influenza, such as the elderly or infants. Most traditional influenza vaccinations are tailor made each flu season, the nasal spray…

Witnesses are being encouraged to come out of the shadows to help shed light on a North Wales alien conspiracy.  Though, you may know nothing of the incident which has led to one of the greatest mysteries in North Wales, your lecturers may. At 8:30pm on January 23rd 1974 residents of Llandderfel and Llandrillo reported hearing a loud explosion, bright lights in the sky and experiencing ground tremors, which measured 3.5 on the Richter Scale. The police and RAF were dispatched to the area immediately but found nothing. Since 1974, rumours and stories have erupted into a massive debate on…

By Oli Hewson Bangor University has a Natural History Museum. This will be news to many of you, I’m sure, seeing as it has somehow remained a secret to me for almost three years at this institution. This may be partly down to the fact that admission to The Brambell Natural History Museum (no prizes for guessing where it is… Psst! It’s in The Brambell Building – sort of opposite Asda) is generally restricted to students of Natural Sciences at the University and rarely open to the public. When it is, however, it fills. Saturday 3rd was the weekend of…

The doors of Bangor University’s Centre for Environmental Biotechnology (CEB) have finally opened. The opening of CEB has placed Bangor University’s research at the cutting edge of research. The research centre aims to discover new enzymes with the potential to transform the efficiency of current biotechnology industries. The centre will be looking at extremophiles and how they can be used within industrial processes. Most industrial sectors such as pharmaceuticals, energy and cosmetics use inefficient chemical synthesis processes, which require high energy consumption and organic solvents, which are damaging to the environmental and public health. CEB aims to replace chemical synthesis…

Flu season is upon us, just as we all thought we were going to die from “Freshers Flu”, Influenza outbreaks have begun across the UK. As the country becomes increasing sick and run down, the NHS urges for the public to get vaccinated. In recent years there has become a significant divide between communities that believe everyone should get vaccinated and communities that believe that it is dangerous or just unnecessary. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that being vaccinated for influenza “can save lives” and “reduce the chance of the disease spreading”. But the real question…

Author: Oli Hewson There is some irony in that establishing Linguistics’ credibility as a science necessitates the use of a linguistic system. But onwards we shall proceed! Several theories attempt to explain how the mind defines and groups concepts (AKA “words”). Simplest (look to Occam’s Razor) is the Classical Theory. Basically, you group objects binarily based on their shared properties. Concepts either belong in the group or they don’t. Easy. (If you’re a biologist, replace “concept” and “object” with “organism”.) There’s a whole lot of logic that follows enabling the precise categorisation of each and every conceivable concept, but the…

Every September students from all over migrate to the small city of Bangor. After the heavy drinking period known as freshers, lectures begin in full-throttle. By mid-October, everyone is wrapped up and fully dosed with flu medications and feeling absolutely rotten. The plague of Freshers’ Flu has hit Bangor. We know most of you are probably feeling it, but is Freshers Flu an actual illness? One thing Freshers’ Flu isn’t, it is not a ‘flu’. Seasonal influenza’s, which emerge from South-East Asia, don’t usually present cases until December. There is, however, a very small chance that it could be the…

The marine environment off North Wales is renowned for its potential to provide significant quantities of renewable energy due to high tidal flows, which at specific locations can exceed 3ms-1 on spring tides. Improving our understanding and aiding the understanding of MRE developers at these sites, in terms of water flow, the nature of the seabed and the influence of marine renewable energy (MRE) infrastructure on the environment. Scientists based at the School of Ocean Sciences (SOS), have the capability to do this through access to the latest sonar survey technology and Bangor University’s fleet of research vessels. …

If you haven’t already heard, ‘Waste Awareness Week’ (or W.A.W.) has been a huge success. The Sustainability Lab has been busy this autumn period preparing for and carrying out Bangor University’s very own waste initiative. It has been dedicated to raising awareness and introducing positive solutions for environmental sustainability. Combining forces of numerous University departments and external organisations alike, our staff have worked tirelessly to offer five days of proactive events enabling students to contribute to waste solutions, both now and in the long term. “Waste Awareness Week” was all about education and how students could help further their ideas…

On 17th October, a free course was held at Treborth Botanical Gardens to educate the attendees on how to reduce their Carbon Footprint. The event was organised by Social Farms and Gardens Community Growing Projects whom run environmentally conscious activities throughout Wales. Starting from Manchester Carbon Literacy Project, Carbon Literacy training has spread across the U.K. through peer to peer learning practices. Rhodir Thomas, our speaker and trainer from Sustain Wales, covered many aspects of Climate Change and spoke about ways in which we can integrate change into our daily lives. An explanation of the Carbon cycle was first on…

Llyn Parc Mawr Community Woodland group (LPMCWG) are encouraging students to join their tree planting events  In 2014, 50 local people took the decision to work with nature and begin a forestry project that would promote sustainable forest management and engage the surrounding community with the process. Much work has been accomplished since then and the group perseveres in order to ensure environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable management are met. Part of the forest management objectives involve maintaining recreational areas and developing the woodlands as an educational resource. Pertaining to these aims, the group hosts a variety of…

A walk through the woods could be the perfect way to improve your state of mind, as scientists connect the particles in the forest air to positive physiological well-being in humans. Being in forests has long been recognised for lightening an individual’s mood and alleviating symptoms of stress in patients. Shinrin–Yoku meaning to ‘forest-bathe’ or ‘take in the atmosphere of the forest’, was the term coined in the 1980s by Japan’s Forest Agency. Currently, it is being applied as a therapy in many parts of Japan and has even been prescribed in Scotland as part of treatment programmes to cure…

Brexit has influenced and will continue to influence our country. Some may argue that change is good and others will argue that it is bad, but this article will focus on the influence that Brexit will  have on the UK scientific community. The scientific industry is often overlooked in the national political discussion, despite its academic and economic importance. We have gathered all the facts to discuss, objectively, what is to come for scientific research in the UK. The EU produces one-third of the entire world’s scientific output, in terms of both economic value and intellectual capital. This is currently…

Bangor University experts are pioneering “backpack” transmitters for bees. The technology, originally developed in 2015, is attached to bees so scientists can track their movements. The charge powers a signal, which can be followed by an overhead drone as the bees fly over a wide range. Scientists hope tracking them will provide clues as to why some pollinating insects are in decline. “Existing bee monitoring devices face limits due to their weight, range, and battery life duration and these are the problems that we’ve set out to resolve using cutting-edge micro-technology,” said Dr Cristiano Palego, from the University’s School…

This year Seren will be giving away a ticket to Bangor University’s Summer Ball organised by Academi. These tickets are worth £50 each and are likely to sell out soon. Terms: – Entrants must be Bangor University Students (not a member of Seren) – Entrants must be over 18 – Entry will close 12pm (midday) 16/05/2017 – Winner will be picked at random using a random number generator – Winner will be contacted 19/05/2016 and have 24hrs to respond and say they still want the tickets. If they don’t respond their win will be forfeited and another winner picked Just…