Tag : Dougie Phillips

Trees die. Let’s plant some more

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On Monday America’s oldest oak tree – located in a New Jersey Presbyterian churchyard – was felled, bringing an end to a life that had spanned 600 years. Yes, it hadn’t reached the age of the Big Belly Oak in Wiltshire’s Royal Hunting Forest, or Nottinghamshire’s The Major Oak – … Read More

The Alternative Science Digest

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Normally this space is reserved for the weekly digest, updating you on what’s new in science. However, this week we thought we’d reserve the column space for a slightly different meaning to the word digest… This week we’re looking at the weird, and not so wonderful, things that we put … Read More

Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2016

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December is here; it’s the season of good will and a perfect time to reflect on the year so far. Well, all things considered, 2016 has been an undeniable big ol’ pile of shi… faecal matter. However, do not fear, the Science section of the Gryphon are here to cheer … Read More

What’s new in science this week?

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Mathematicians grind out the perfect Cuppa: Researchers from the University of Limerick and the University of Portsmouth have developed complex calculations to help optimise the perfect cup of coffee. The research quantifies how the exact grain size of ground coffee can dictate whether the brew will be bitter or too watery. … Read More

What’s new in science this week?

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Urban Forestry Reduces City Pollution: Urban air pollution is a deep rooted problem in cities, however according to a recent study, planting trees could prove to be a cost-effective option for tackling it. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have reported that particulate matter (PM) pollution – estimated to claim 6.2 million lives … Read More

CAP subsidy: A constant cause of agro

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Canadian poet and novelist, Brian Brett, once penned “farming is a profession of hope.” What was once a perfectly pertinent – if not overly idealistic – overview of farming, has now become very much outdated. Today, it is the profession of the rich and of royalty, especially when considering the … Read More

The Death of Boaty McBoatface

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If you didn’t already know, the newest of Britain’s polar research ships is to be called the RRS Sir David Attenborough; a distinguished title indeed, but certainly much less fun than Boaty McBoatface. Of course ‘Boaty’ is a silly name, one that doesn’t hold any great scientific weight like a … Read More

The Wizards of Oz

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“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” It took a tornado to whisk Dorothy away to the fictional world of Oz – and a pair of magic red shoes to bring her back – yet, far from that fantasy world, a very real type of magic has begun … Read More

The generation game of scientific research

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“With age comes wisdom”. The timeless words penned by Oscar Wilde have offered comfort to those afraid of the approaching ailments of old age, the loss of hair, hearing and beauty. However, a recent study has cast doubts over the legitimacy of Wilde’s words when considering the pursuit of scientific … Read More

The Caffeine Diaries – My Brewed Awakening

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‘Decaf is like masturbating with an oven mitt.’ Not my words, but those of the late, great Robin Williams. Words that resonate with coffee drinkers everywhere, and until recently, words that I never truly appreciated. The UK consumes a staggering 70 million cups of coffee each day. So whether you’re … Read More