Science & Tech



The race for the base

28th December 2020

Can moon water pave the way to Mars? NASA has discovered water on the sunlit surface of the Moon for the first time. The breakthrough discovery paves the way for a sustainable lunar base.   Given that we first contacted the Moon over five decades ago you may wonder: why hadn’t we found water sooner? Since ...


Mysterious African elephant deaths solved

24th December 2020

After mysterious deaths in Botswana and Zimbabwe, elephant lovers will be happy to know that the cause has been found. There have been recent reports about the mysterious deaths of over 300 elephants across Botswana and Zimbabwe. Both countries are home to approximately half of Africa’s elephant population (roughly 400,000). The deaths have perplexed experts ...


Santa’s destroying the environment

24th December 2020

It looks like Santa is giving us climate change for Christmas this year. The idea of flying around the world in one night sounds so fun, right? Imagine this: you’re on a magical sleigh, being pulled by a group of reindeer that worship you, and you’re bringing joy and happiness to millions, with the bonus ...


The science behind… a festive meal

23rd December 2020

In the first installment of a series, Sofia Della Sala explains the science behind cooking a turkey. Christmas: the time to gorge yourself on foods that you never eat at any other time of year, to lock chocolates away behind tiny numbered doors and wear hats made out of paper. It’s magical. Call me corny ...


Time to call Father Christmas!

21st December 2020

With the madness of Covid and 2020, Santa’s grotto is going online. 2020 has seen many dreams smashed into tiny pieces, but many companies throughout the UK are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that children still have the chance to believe in the magic of Christmas. This year, Santa is taking to Zoom, ...


The immunity issue with coronavirus

20th December 2020

With all this talk about vaccines, Sofia Della Sala discusses immunity in people who have already had Covid-19. There has been a lot of talk lately about our immunity towards Covid-19 and the antibodies associated with it. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the topic, let’s quickly define what antibodies are and why we ...


When will you get vaccinated?

18th December 2020

Keir Smith explains why students may need to wait a while to receive the Covid-19 vaccination. A new horizon seems to be upon us regarding the fight against Covid-19. The emergence of a host of vaccines reaching the trial phase presents the much-needed opportunity to return to normal. This is an important milestone for a ...


Edible bags saving Japan’s deer

17th December 2020

Plastics can be detrimental to wildlife, but a Japanese entrepreneur may have found a solution. Deer in Japan are held to high regard. Shinto beliefs suggest that they are messengers of the gods, and due to their religious status there are multiple areas in Japan where they are free to roam. You can find them ...


Fact checking your Facebook feed

30th November 2020

We’re living in a post-truth world. How can we tell fact from fiction online? As social media platforms have blossomed, it has never been so easy to communicate with others. However, along there has been an increase in deceptive, misleading, and false information designed to spread quickly. These have taken the form of conspiracy theories, ...


Paypal joins the Bitcoin market

28th November 2020

Paypal’s venture into cryptocurrencies could introduce many of us into this virtual world of money. Bitcoin is an innovative form of cryptocurrency that arose to address economic problems related to centralised currency. Because Bitcoin is not a physical form of currency, it can be a little daunting, but it’s quite simple.  As the first form ...