What is Fluorescence?

Full disclosure: I’m writing this because I painted my nails an amazing fluorescent orange, and it made me curious… TL;DR: It’s UV rays! Now for the science. Non-fluorescent vision When light hits an object, the object absorbs some of the light and reflects the rest. Our eyes pick up what is reflected through cone cells…

The Hair Inside Your Head May Be Key for Brain Development

For decades the focus of neuroscience was on neurons, but as research techniques and technology progresses we are beginning to understand the brain as never before. The importance of neurons cannot be downplayed, and yet scientists are coming to realise that there are many other elements involved in brain development. Cilia are slender, hair-like organelles…

New Hubble Image Shows Hypergiant Home, Westerlund 1

The Hubble telescope is world-famous for its beautiful images of our universe. Here at the Science Dunk we even posted a Hubble Hump-Day article to get us over the mid-week blues. This week, Hubble has turned its camera to a super-star cluster called Westerlund 1. This fantastical sounding mass is just 15,000 light years away,…

Remarkable Study Shows Immune System’s Effect On Social Interactions

Researchers from the University of Virginia’s Centre for Brain Immunology and Glia have made a remarkable discovery; the immune system has a direct and measurable impact on our social interactions. For decades scientists have believed that the brain is “immune privileged”, meaning that there is no direct connection from the brain to the immune system. In…