Science & Tech



The search for extraterrestrial life may be well known, but the response is not

21st September 2020

As the search for extraterrestrial life continues, Ross McCool examines the possible outcomes of alien contact. For as long as we have looked to the skies, we have questioned what lays beyond. Nasa has long-held discussions with experts to discuss strategies for the ongoing search for life. In 2014, Michael Merrifield, professor of astrophysics at ...


A little more conversation, a little less STIs

19th September 2020

To help us all stay protected, Hailie Pentleton gives us a clear guide to STIs and how to prevent yourself from contracting them. Sex education in Scottish schools is far from perfect. Whilst the Scottish government has published guidance for how these topics should be addressed in state schools, delivery is not compulsory. Faith schools, ...


How to be a sustainable student

15th September 2020

Elena Adams shares her top tips and tricks on becoming a sustainable student in this era of climate emergency. The climate emergency is one of the many big issues that our generation currently faces and something that we, as a society, have a responsibility to try and fix for future generations. So what can you, ...


Demanding diversity in video games

29th August 2020

Michelle Osborne explores diversity in video games and why it improves the gaming industry. Representation is important. It’s vital for people to see themselves represented in the world, whether it be in literature, politics, or academia. The need for inclusion is certainly overlooked in most areas of life, but especially in video games. I write ...


Rewilding Britain: helping the natural species back into the wilderness

20th August 2020

Paul Dawson explores the benefits and flaws of rewilding in 21st century Britain. The concept of reintroducing certain species into the wilderness, also known as rewilding, is a subject which seems relatively straightforward. However, this is a topic which isn’t as black and white as it looks. The rewilding process features a wide array of ...


Why the UK contact tracing app has failed

20th August 2020

  With innumerable questions about the promised contact tracing app, Luke Chafer explores the reasons why it hasn’t appeared on our devices yet. During the coronavirus pandemic, the UK’s world-leading research and development has been at the forefront of the nation’s response, from the Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine partnership to the new low-cost ventilator developed ...


Comparing the coronavirus response worldwide

13th July 2020

As coronavirus cases in Europe have begun to drop and countries have started emerging from lockdown, we can retrospectively evaluate the different tactics used all over the globe to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The success of these tactics is key, as some scientists now warn of a potential second wave.  On 11 March 2020 the ...


The privatisation of space

12th July 2020

Isobel Thomas-Horton Writer Isobel Thomas-Horton gives ethical consideration to the privatisation of space. In 2011 Nasa created perhaps the highest stakes game of capture the flag in the history of mankind. An American flag was placed over the capsule hatch on the International Space Station and American companies were challenged to retrieve it. On 1 ...


How safe is your genetic data?

12th July 2020

Margaret Hartness Writer Services like 23andMe can be fun but do they put our privacy at risk? Everybody wants to know where they’re from, who they’re related to, and what they’re at risk of. From questions of paternity to screening for diseases, genetic testing has been a rigorous and serious endeavour. With big businesses like ...


The life-changing magic of basic human contact

11th July 2020

Graham Peacock Writer With lockdown now having lasted more than 100 days, Graham Peacock looks at the wider impacts of social distancing. Yesterday, in what was my first trip outside since March that didn’t involve a supermarket or a park, I drove to my friend’s flat to drop off some books. I had been there ...