Science & Tech



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 ...


Should we be changing laws regarding egg freezing?

23rd October 2020

Egg freezing in the UK is becoming more popular – should we begin considering changes in the laws we have regarding it? According to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, current laws dictating that frozen eggs must be used within 10 years should be scrapped. This is in response to the government reviewing the law. Nuffield ...


Water on Mars: the red planet’s hidden secrets

22nd October 2020

Nasa has discovered water on Mars, but does this mean there is life on the red planet? After everything 2020 has thrown at us, would it be entirely implausible to expect an alien invasion before the year is through? Economies grinding to a halt, a global pandemic, and unprecedented global restrictions all would have been ...


The internet… underwater?

22nd October 2020

Many are unaware of the environmental issues data centres create but placing them underwater may just be the solution. Water-cooled computers are nothing new to your friendly neighbourhood techy, but Microsoft has gone one step further with their Project Natick which entered its final phase this July. Two years ago, Microsoft sank a 40-foot-long cylinder ...


Makeup recycling for all

17th October 2020

Recycling stations are coming to a local supermarket near you. The UK beauty industry is worth a staggering £17bn, offering everything from foundation to snail slime face cleanser (oh yes, it exists). The industry includes high-street makeup brands that everyone raves about, and high-end designer brands selling night cream that’s worth a month’s wages. It ...


Mr. Red Sky, please tell us why

16th October 2020

Rebecca Scott shares the story behind the nightmarish red skies that should keep us awake at night. Social media has recently been inundated with pictures of San Francisco under a nightmarish red sky. These sensational images come as a result of extensive wildfires burning across the west coast of the US, with fires having thus ...