Science & Tech



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 ...


The reality of ‘long Covid’

27th November 2020

Morgan Carpenter explores the lasting effects of Covid-19. Coronavirus cases continue to rise in the UK, and with it reports of so-called “long Covid” (formally called post-acute Covid-19). Associate professor in public health at the University of Southampton Nisreen Alwan described “long Covid” in a recent panel with the British Medical Journal as “not recovering ...


Bitter about glitter litter

22nd November 2020

The use of glitter has a profound effect on our ecosystem. Should we avoid using it? With Santa’s sleigh soon approaching, it’s important to consider the use of glitter and the concerns that it poses to the ecosystem. Recent research into the effect of glitter has shown that it may be harmful to the ecosystem; ...


Capitalism is crushing the climate

13th November 2020

David Attenborough has claimed that capitalism must be curbed to restore the natural world. Joe Evans goes one step further, claiming it must be rejected to save our planet. Sir David Attenborough has stated on the BBC environmental podcast “What Planet Are We On?” that the excesses of western countries and the capitalist system should ...


Can a planning tool help mitigate the effects of extreme weather?

11th November 2020

The UK Met Office is releasing a tool to help planners avoid areas prone to extreme weather. How helpful will it truly be? The UK Met Office is launching a new climate analysis tool which will allow planners to more effectively prepare for increasingly frequent and severe weather extremes across the country. This tool comes ...


How to hack the US election

2nd November 2020

Our resident American takes us through the different ways to potentially steal the US election. With another American election and a slate of less than desirable candidates, you might be wondering how you might be able to increase your influence regardless of whether or not you can vote. Don’t worry, you’re not alone; Russia, Iran, ...


This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for sustainable solutions

29th October 2020

Why not try a good piece of Tofurky this Thanksgiving? Every year, the holiday season results in large amounts of waste; from food waste to single-use plastic decorations to gift wrapping supplies. A major holiday for food waste during this season is Thanksgiving. For those who don’t know much about the American festival, it’s a ...


Why should we protect Brazilian mangrove forests?

27th October 2020

The Brazilian government has voted to revoke protection of mangrove forests, but why is this a problem? Courts have suspended the Brazilian government’s aims to repeal protections over the environment.  Federal judge Maria Carvalho has suspended measures implemented by the Brazilian government which voted to revoke laws protecting mangrove forests, which play an important part ...


The long-term effects of childhood trauma

24th October 2020

University of Glasgow researchers have found that childhood trauma may have a far larger impact than first thought.  It has been found that childhood trauma can have a lasting impact on more than just your mental health. Scientists at the University of Glasgow have discovered that people who experience one or more forms of maltreatment ...