Category Archive: Science

Climate cops: stopping environmental crime

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By Barney Wharam The European Union has been very successful in producing a raft of ambitious laws with the aim of protecting the environment. This process of law-making has been ongoing for 30… Continue reading

Mr LaCour’s Unbelievable Findings

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By Marie Rogers On my way to work I was listening to the podcast This American Life. They reported a recent study which found that canvassers could change voters’ minds about gay marriage… Continue reading

All that junk (DNA) inside your trunk

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By Barney Wharam It was billed to be as inspiring as the space program. The sequencing of the human genome, figuring out our DNA code letter for letter, is one of our greatest… Continue reading

Worse things happen at sea

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By Adam Smith Climate scientists are in wide agreement that climate change is the most imminent and serious environmental problem we face today. The unrestricted emission of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere, from… Continue reading

A little matter of light

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By Kruti Shrotri Light and matter are very different: while light has no shape, size or mass, matter has all three. However, researchers have recently found a way to create matter from just… Continue reading

Milgram’s trials stand the test of time

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By Marie Rogers It has been just over 50 years since Stanley Milgram’s famous and iconic series of experiments on human obedience took place. The experiments were conducted during the trials of Nazis… Continue reading

The Fish Fight is far from finished

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By Lauren Hoskin In December last year, it seemed as though sustainability was at the top of the agenda. The Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, claimed: “The ban on discards – the shameful practice… Continue reading

Trichomes make a plant feel at home

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By Anna Tiley One of the most obvious differences between plants and animals is that plants don’t move very much. This can be a major disadvantage as it means that they can’t escape… Continue reading

Jackpot or jack-all: you decide

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By Marie Rogers In our day-to-day lives we need to make thousands of decisions, big and small: what should I wear? Should I take an umbrella? Is it safe to walk down that… Continue reading

A brantastic way to tackle obesity

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By Lauren Hoskin It comes as no surprise that bulky fibre in the diet makes us feel full. Yet scientists have recently discovered a chemical, released by fibre-guzzling bacteria in the gut, that… Continue reading