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Finally a good bit of news for some of our academia’s throughout the UK. The government has announced 2 support packages that will give greater job protection to thousands of researchers, scientists and technicians working at UK universities during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Protecting UK research jobs









We have all heard the warnings about our phone and the blue light be detrimental to our sleep patterns.  A new study in mice has proven that that might not be the case after all.

A new study from the University of Manchester found that the opposite was true. We should be hitting our brains with blue light in the evening because it’s akin to twilight and triggers the release of melanopsin; a light-sensitive protein and ‘key contributor’ to our circadian rhythms.

The findings suggest that using dim, cooler, lights in the evening and bright warmer lights in the day may be more beneficial. ‘Research has already provided evidence that aligning our body clocks with our social and work schedules can be good for our health. Using colour appropriately could be a way to help us better achieve that perfects nights sleep.

The study was conducted on mice so might not be conclusive, but your phone may not be the reason for you not sleeping after all.

Follow the link below to read the full story

Blue light study



Learning to drive small cars helps rats feel less stressed, scientists found.

Researchers at the University of Richmond in the US taught a group of 17 rats how to drive little plastic cars, in exchange for bits of cereal.

How did they learn?

Dr Lambert and her colleagues built a tiny electric car by attaching a clear plastic jar to an aluminium plate, fitted to a set of wheels. A copper wire was then threaded horizontally across the jar – the cab of the car – to form three bars, left, right and centre.

To drive the car, a rat would sit on the aluminium plate and touch the copper wire. The circuit was then complete, and the animal could select the direction in which they wanted to travel.
After months of training, the rats learned not only how to make the ratmobile move but also how to change direction, researchers wrote in the journal Behavioural Brain Research.

Some of the rats in the experiment had been raised in a lab, while others lived in “enriched environments” – that is, they had more natural habitats.

The rats raised in “enriched environments” were significantly better drivers than the lab rats.

For the full story follow the link below

Rats drive tiny cars

Did you know at S3 Science we committed to promoting and managing Mental Health within the workplace. As a business, we heavily champion and encourage all staff to have the practical skills, knowledge and confidence to recognise the symptoms of mental health issues. This enables us to support and manage our workers, our technicians, our learners and employers with mental health within the workplace.




Mental Health First Aid Trained – Jo Bradshaw our Programme Director is Mental Health First Aid trained. MHFA was designed to raise awareness of mental health and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. In the same way as learning physical first aid, MHFA teaches people how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health and feel confident to guide someone to appropriate support. Embedding MHFA training within our organisation has helped encourage our staff to talk more freely about mental health, reducing stigma and creating a more positive culture. This is passed onto all stakeholders such as our learners, employers and educational referral partners

We are also Disability Confident





Disability Confident – We are committed to supporting everyone in the best way possible to reach their full potential as an Animal Technician by focusing on a learners ability.
We offer a range of accessible services to support this commitment such as;

Conduct and implement reasonable adjustment assessments
Mental health support
Disability Ambassador ‘Jo Bradshaw’ is on hand to offer support to both learners and employers
Adapting application processes
Ring-fencing employment opportunities
Bypassing of interviews
Creating and developing portfolios on behalf of our learners
Different application methods such as video webinars etc


Did you know that these important drugs were invented using animals?


  • Pain relief
  • Developed using Cat, Dog, Hamster, Mouse, Pig, Primates, Rabbit, Rat, Zebrafish


  • Antibiotic
  • Developed using Cat, Dog, Guinea pig, Mouse, Pig, Primates, Rabbit, Rat, Zebrafish


  • Asthma
  • Developed using Cat, Dog, Guinea pig, Hamster, Mouse, Pig, Primates, Rabbit, Rat, Zebrafish


  • Pain relief
  • Developed using Cat, Dog, Hamster, Mouse, Other or unspecified mammals (non-rodent/non-primate), Pig, Rat, Zebrafish
  • Developed using Cat, Dog, Guinea pig, Hamster, Mouse, Primates, Rabbit, Rat

Do you know why Rats are used in research?

Check out the reasons why below


  • Related Links

    Understanding Animal Research
    Dedicated to explaining the role of animals in medical and scientific research.
    Job profile for an animal technician. Guidance
    UK Government information detailing the law on scientific research and testing involving animals.

    Cancer Research UK
    Registered charity funding research into finding cures and kinder treatments for Cancer.

    Laboratory Animal Science Association
    Supporting 50 years of progress in laboratory animal science and welfare. Promotes Concordat on openness for laboratory animal science.

    Institute of Animal Technology
    Founded in 1950, the IAT is the foremost professional body in the field of Animal Technology.

    Speaking of Research
    Speaking of Research aims to explain the important role of animals in research.

    A non-profit organisation that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.

    UK's national organisation which leads the discovery and application of new technologies and approaches to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals for scientific purposes.

    Represents common interests in the furtherance of all aspects of laboratory animal science (LAS) in Europe and beyond.

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