Author Archives: annaarathe

About annaarathe

Research fellow, horizon scanning

Plastic pollution developments

Though plastic waste in the oceans is a well known issue, there are new developments suggesting that some plastics may be more dangerous for marine life than others. For example, ‘rubbery’ plastics consistently absorb more organic toxins than ‘glass-like’ plastics. … Continue reading

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Light pollution may give urban birds an advantage

City blackbirds are becoming reproductively mature earlier than rural birds, which is thought to be due to artificial light at night. Humans have the ability to avoid light pollution to some extent by closing curtains or using eye-masks, but urban … Continue reading

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The risks of an ocean full of jelly

Overfishing is reducing the number of predators in the oceans, thus allowing for an explosion of prey species, such as jellyfish. The jellyfish blooms prey on fish eggs and larvae and are a significant cause of fish mortality. The impact … Continue reading

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Cat cafés

A Japanese phenomenon is set to arrive in London in the near future with the launch of a ‘cat café’, a place to eat and drink while interacting with resident cats. The idea is that people living busy lives or … Continue reading

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Climate change and reptile sex

A recent study on turtle behaviour in response to temperature change has resulted in concern for the future of the North American painted turtle (Chrysemys picta). Soil temperature determines the sex of the turtle species, as is the case for … Continue reading

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The microchip that can control your appetite

Researchers at Imperial College London are working on development of a microchip that, when implanted in the body, will help to fight obesity by reducing hunger. The ‘intelligent’ microchip (a few millimeters in size) is attached to the vagus nerve … Continue reading

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Sugar addiction

A recently published book ‘Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar’ by Dr Robert Lustig highlights the widespread practice of adding sugar to food and drink products and the role sugar is playing in the obesity epidemic. It has been … Continue reading

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