Science & Tech



Why is Lake Chad drying up?

1st March 2020

Rebecca Scott Culture Editor Rebecca Scott examines the impact of the climate crisis on this vital body of water. Whilst it’s now common knowledge that our planet is undergoing an unprecedented and rapid period of global heating, it can be hard to visualise this in our daily lives here in Scotland; the rain stays lashing, ...


The UK-Africa Summit is a sign of the green economy conundrum

19th February 2020

Lucia Posteraro Multimedia Editor The climate crisis is hitting hardest in countries that contribute to it the least — how can the UK move to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem? The UK-Africa Summit, held in January in London, has highlighted a policy conundrum. On the one hand, Boris Johnson’s ...


What is quantum supremacy?

18th February 2020

Marianna Marcelline Science & Tech Editor Marianna Marcelline asks if Glasgow’s latest project will change the world. Packed into a one-square centimetre silicon chip, Google’s quantum CPU may be small in size, but certainly not in potency. The 54-qubit computer known as “Sycamore” contains an array of microscopic cables enabling it to perform calculations at ...


The future of medicine

16th February 2020

Victoria Chang Writer As part of our series on the future of work, Victoria Chang discusses the ethics and impact of technological innovation in medicine. It’s no secret that medicine is a hotbed for innovation. The impact of medical research on society can be world-changing; it affects everybody, no matter if you’re a medical student, ...


The future is fembots

10th February 2020

Holly Jennings Views Editor Think of the digital robot in your life. What’s her name? Is she Siri or Alexa? Maybe Cortana? Or perhaps you prefer something a little more fictional like Samantha or Ava? Whether she lives in your phone or your favourite film, it’s likely to be a she. As we steer ourselves ...


The ecology of Australia’s bushfires: building from the bottom-up

30th January 2020

Elle Lindsay Writer Elle Lindsay looks at the lasting impacts of the bushfires in New South Wales. In the midst of our winter, we have never been more aware of Australia’s summer. Since September 2019, the bushfires have dominated the global news. A fire can cause complete destruction: we have seen it devastate both man-made ...


The Glasgow Guardian’s top tech recommendations

7th January 2020

Yousif Shami Writer What tech should you get? Here’s a run-down of the best gadgets on the market. As the chaotic jungle that is university life is on the verge of recommencing, most of us will want to be equipped with the best headphones, smartwatches and laptops. But if you’re not sure what to get, ...


The science of Star Wars

19th December 2019

Charles Pring Writer Whatever you may think of them, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a Star Wars film. And, if you’re anything like me, you may well have attempted to levitate the TV remote into your hand afterwards. But even if I can’t use the force, could anyone? And will I ever be the ...


Are we teaching AI to be prejudiced?

16th December 2019

Jack Mitchell Writer Jack Mitchell discusses the ways in which our societal bias is inherited by artificial intelligence. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming ubiquitous. Social media platforms use AI to quickly dissect your personality, likes and interests, and to decide what you see on your discover feed. Archaeologists use AI to examine aerial footage to ...


Elon Musk’s Starship getting ready for launch on its manned mission in 2020

9th December 2019

Mayank Maurya Writer Standing in front of a gleaming stainless-steel Starship prototype, Elon Musk announced to the world: “Space travel is going to be like air travel”. Standing in front of a gleaming stainless-steel Starship prototype, Elon Musk announced to the world: “Space travel is going to be like air travel”.  That was in September. ...