Tag : science

British Academics Fear for Losses to Science Funding Following Brexit

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Since 2014, the UK has received  €4.6bn from the EU’s Horizon 2020 science programme.   A large portion of this money has come from research programmes exclusive to EU member states,  including the European Research Council (€1.29bn), Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (€700m), and SME Instrument Grants (€140m).  Since 2007, the UK … Read More

Where the Wild Things Aren’t – British Flora Post-Brexit

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If I close my eyes and think back to my childhood, I picture myself with my grandparents walking through the woods near to my house. I can hear the damp rustling of the leaves, and feel the cold caress of the stark spring air. The most vivid memory I possess, that … Read More

Calimari with a Side of Ecstacy, please

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Elephants on LSD, bees on cocaine, and now to add to the mix of bizarre scientific studies… Octopuses on MDMA. Dr. Gül Dölen, a neuroscientist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, recently published a study in Current Biology of the behavioural effects of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (aka MDMA) on the … Read More

The fight against venom in developing countries

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With the Marvel film Venom hitting the cinemas on 5th October, now seems the perfect time to get the message out about just how much of a neglected danger venom is in the real world. What I mean by venom here is not the symbiotic alien in the film, but … Read More

Pancaked: What Planet are they on?

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Exploring the plausibility of Flat-Earthers’ beliefs ahead of their upcoming rally in Leeds. You may think that the human race has come a long way since believing the earth is flat, what with satellites depicting images of a spherical earth, the visible existence of lunar eclipses and the general employment … Read More

Paint Me Like One of Your Polymers

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The incredible paint that could keep our cities cool. On September 27 2018, an article was published in the Science journal introducing an innovative ‘polymer paint’ that could be used to cool surfaces, particularly in cities. This is revolutionary in a world where cities are rapidly expanding which creates a surplus … Read More

Prizes Are Great But Female Representation in Science Is Far From Equal

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The Swedish Noble committee awarded The 2018 Noble Prize in Physics to a trio of scientists, including Canadian physicist Donna Strickland, for their research and discoveries about the science of lasers. With this award, Strickland became the third female laureate in Nobel Prize history. The prize had not been awarded … Read More

Stoptober: What Difference Does a Month Make?

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The NHS Stoptober website provides three simple reasons as to why smokers should take part in Stoptober: feel healthier, save money, and protect your family from second-hand smoke. While Public Health England’s annual campaign to get a nation of smokers to quit simultaneously reportedly had a 20% success rate in … Read More

In conversation with Dr. Katie Field

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As one of the 15 women recognised in this year’s Women of Achievement, Dr. Katie Field (Associate Professor in Plant-Soil Processes) stands out as a contemporary in plant science. She is one of the recipients of the coveted David Phillips fellowship by the BBSRC, as well as other impressive grants, … Read More

Fly Me to The Moon? The Woman Behind America’s Journey into Space

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Celebrating Space Week with the brain that powered America’s journey into space. Travel into outer space is becoming more and more commonplace – you may have heard Elon Musk recently state that a manned mission to Mars is possible by 2024, a mere 6 years in the future but a … Read More