Category : Science

Who will feature on the new £50 banknote?

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After 2020 the £50 banknote will be issued in plastic and the Bank of England are asking the British public to nominate prominent scientists to feature on it.  Since the nomination announcement in November there have been over 174,000 nominations and 800 short-listed names released, with odds for the likely … Read More

The woman behind the double helix – forgotten scientists

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The structure of deoxyribose nucleic acid, or DNA, is famously attributed to Francis Crick and James Watson, who supposedly had a brain wave while having a few drinks in the pub – who doesn’t? It’s a lot less likely you’ve heard of Rosalind Franklin, the woman whose work was instrumental … Read More

Our appendix: A contributing factor in the development of Parkinson’s Disease?

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We all learnt it growing up: the appendix is a useless relic from our evolutionary past, only used to help digest the bark we consumed as cave men and women. But research has now identified this (often dismissed) organ’s role in monitoring pathogens in the immune system. What’s more, it … Read More

Over 200,000 Animals Used for Research in 10 Years at the University of Leeds

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From 2007-2017, the University of Leeds used 210,103 animals for experimental research under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. Of this figure, 94.3% were rats and mice, 1.5% were pigs, and the remainder consisted of other animals including bats, birds and sheep. These figures sound alarming, but compared to some … Read More

Red Tractor – Assured Food Standards no more?

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You’ve probably all seen those red tractor logos on a large amount of food you walk past in the supermarket. You can find it on meat, dairy, grains, fresh produce, and pretty much anything else you can think of. But what does it actually mean? Well, until recently, not a … Read More

Just 0.5 °C temperature increase has a detrimental effect – the recent IPCC Report

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Last week you will no doubt have heard about a powerful report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that highlights some alarming realities of the future of our planet. Interpretations of the report have been plastered across news channels and social media, alluding to the immense importance … Read More

Bad Luck Benny: The Unlucky Beluga stranded in the Thames

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Benny the Beluga is all alone in the Thames. Potentially having been in the river since as far back as July, the beluga whale affectionately named Benny (despite a lack of information on the actual sex) has been causing a stir in the last month since he was officially sighted. … Read More

Spice up your life: A Nationwide Hysteria?

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You’ve probably seen the photos – people zonked off on Spice in zombified states, slumped on benches all over the News. More importantly, your parents have seen it – and they’re asking questions. An 11 year-old boy was hospitalised in May, after a cigarette he was given was spiked with … Read More

A Brain of Two Halves

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‘Split brain patients’ are individuals who have had the major connection between the two hemispheres of their brain severed, usually in an attempt to lessen the frequency of fitting in extreme cases of epilepsy. Since the 1940s, it has been accepted that the cutting of one’s corpus callosum (the connection … Read More

Has the Million Dollar Question Been Answered ?

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If you’re anything like me, you haven’t heard of the Millennium Prize Problems – like so many other students, I stopped fraternising with anything remotely numerical after GCSEs. That doesn’t mean, however, that people like me are right in our ignorance of the existence of the Problems. As meaningless as … Read More