Tag : science

Donald Trump: who needs scientific rigour in a post-factual era?

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Like many who have been following American politics, I woke up to news that I thought would never happen on Wednesday 9th November – Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. My amusement for this almost comedically bad candidate soon turned to abject horror. Now we’ve … Read More

Shaken not stirred – all you need to know about the New Zealand earthquake

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A 7.5 magnitude quake struck New Zealand just after midnight on Sunday, 13th November. Since then, thousands of powerful aftershocks of varying intensity and proximity to the East of the South Island coast have continued to shake the country, with a 5.9 strength quake striking just the other day (22nd … Read More

Grand Canyon: SOLD

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The Grand Canyon in Arizona is one of the most popular national parks in the US, drawing 5 million people every year. The erosion by the Colorado river has allowed over 2 billion years of history to be seen in the geology and rock formations. The canyon also holds sacred … 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

Before the Flood

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‘Before the Flood’ is a documentary addressing the issues within climate change, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio with co-creator Fisher Stevens. Released on October 30th on the National Geographic channel, having spent 3 years in production. There was clear intent to highlight the urgency of climate change action before the presidential … Read More

“A Dream of a Low Carbon Future” – a novel way to talk about climate change?

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The current state of climate change looks, for lack of a better word, bleak. Considering the recent shifts in the political and social agenda, climate change is pretty much at the bottom of the list for a lot of western civilization, at least for the time being. The majority of … Read More

What’s new in science this week?

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Pupil response can predict relapse into depression: Researchers from Binghamton University have revealed that pupil response to negative emotional facial expressions predicts risk for relapse into depression. After testing the hypothesis on a group of 57 women with a history of major depressive disorder, the research team found that those … Read More

The Lunar-cy of Moons

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Mini-Moon fact-lets: Moon rocks are magnetised which is weird as the Moon has no magnetic field itself, scientists are still confused as to how this happened as a ‘close call’ with Earth would have ripped the moon apart. The Moon’s mean density is 3.34 times that of water whereas Earth’s … Read More

Psychological Supermarket Sweep

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You may have never given it a thought, but supermarkets spend an extensive amount of time planning the layout of their stores. It’s no accident that we find ourselves wandering around, trying to find the one item that we came in for and which seems to have moved around magically. … 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