Tag : science

The Deadly impact of hurricanes

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“One estimate states an astonishing $190 billion to repair the houses, infrastructure and the petrochemical plants around Houston. ” Over the summer, a stream of hurricanes have made their way through the Caribbean and contiguous US, causing devastation in their wake. These storms have given an unrelenting torrent of weather … Read More

When you wish upon a star

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Have you ever heard someone say “when you look up at the night sky, you’re actually looking into the past”. Is it true? Well technically, yes. As we know, light travels at a speed of roughly 300,000 kilometres a second. Even the brightest star in our sky (Sirius A) is … Read More

Cecilia Payne: Forgotten Stargazer

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I still remember when someone told me back at college that there really weren’t any women in science, apart from Marie Curie. I remember thinking, “surely there are ‘no women’ because of the inherent patriarchal barriers faced by women historically”.  Meet Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, a textbook example of such a case. … Read More

Noble Nobel Prize Winners

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“For the greatest benefit to mankind” – Alfred Nobel For those who win Nobel prizes it is a moment of recognition for the contribution they have made to the world, whether it is through literature, peace or a scientific discovery. Alfred Nobel was the initiator of the Awards, a wealthy … Read More

Nikola Tesla: A Flamboyant Futurist

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Tesla is a name I’m sure everyone is familiar with by now, but today it’s perhaps more synonymous with the pioneering car company started by Elon Musk than the brilliant, if a little eccentric, inventor, engineer and physicist that originally bore the name. Nikola Tesla was born on 10th July … Read More

Have I Got News for Flu

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Freshers’ Flu (FF) – odds are you probably will get it at least once whilst at university. That being said, when I went to university years ago in another life, I stayed in halls and yet, I was never on the receiving end of the dreaded illness, even when people … Read More

Fish on Drugs: The Effect of Chemicals in our Water

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Over the past few decades the use of pharmaceuticals has increased dramatically, enabling a 10-year rise in the average life expectancy of the United Kingdom over the last 50 years.  However, we rarely consider the other implications of such use outside our own wellbeing. Studies suggest that when we consume … Read More

The Saturn Exploration Saga Comes to an End

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The spacecraft Cassini was tasked with investigating Saturn in more detail and undertook missions to find out more about the planet and its many moons. It officially finished its most recent mission last month (September 15th) when it plummeted into Saturn’s atmosphere. Cassini started its first mission 10 years ago, … Read More

Genetic Manipulation – Ground-breaking or Unethical?

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At times scientific development feels as if it’s hurtling along, with the rapid growth of technology allowing the science community to reach new heights that may have been unheard of only a few years ago. The manipulation of genes within embryos is not a new development, with research being undertaken … Read More

Ingenious Ig Nobel ceremony celebrates improbable research

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The Nobel Prize ceremony that we all know celebrates achievements in medicine, literature, peace and many more. The science that is typically portrayed in a Nobel Prize ceremony is that of a breakthrough ‘eureka’ moment where the scientist or research group cross significant scientific boundaries. However, there is one Nobel … Read More