Science & Tech



The race to the cure

14th October 2020

As the world races to find a vaccine for Covid-19, we must remember the safety precautions necessary for new medications. Many races have been held over time in the world, from the competitions held during the ancient Olympic Games in Greece, to the race to the moon. Who knew there would be a race in ...


The signs of life on Venus

13th October 2020

The presence of phosphine on Venus suggests possible life. Does this prove that there is life on Venus? Perhaps after the catastrophic year we’ve all had, the prospect of moving to an entirely different planet sounds quite promising. Like so many others, I was intrigued when I heard the news about possible alien life on ...


Another bump in the road

12th October 2020

With fresh government restrictions being regularly re-introduced, it’s crucial that we adopt measures where possible that help us convene safely and allow society to retain a sense of normality On 4 October 2020, elite athletes took part in the annual London Marathon after it was originally scheduled to be held on 26 April. The 40th ...


Flying into the future

5th October 2020

With exciting developments, it’s worth considering the fantastical flying machines that we may start to use in the future. “According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bee should be able to fly”, claims The Bee Movie. Bees do not break any laws of aviation in reality, but the quote ...


Drone deliveries are the future

29th September 2020

Ditching the delivery vans, Tesco are now trialling a 30-minute delivery service via drones in Ireland. Since moving back to Glasgow, I have experienced drones whizzing past my window. It was initially a shock. I spent the rest of the day wondering why someone would possibly want to test their drones down the busy streets ...


Cracking down on food waste in China

29th September 2020

China is facing a food security crisis, and apparently mukbangs are the problem. Food security concerns triggered by the coronavirus pandemic and flooding have consumed the Chinese government, leading to the formation of the “Clean Plate” campaign. The campaign directly impacts the general population and, to change eating habits, various initiatives including urging restaurants to ...


The importance of cancer screening

24th September 2020

Beth Dillon explores the importance of funding for improving and developing cancer screening. The University of Glasgow has been awarded a £3.37m research grant through the INSPIRE (INtegrated TeChnologies for Improved Polyp SurveillancE) project to improve the bowel cancer screening process.  The project uses artificial intelligence to identify patients who are more likely to have ...


Sedentary students: what are the health risks of going online?

22nd September 2020

With the semester’s teaching being online, it’s important to remember to at least stand up during your day. Before I was aware of how grateful I should be to spend two hours listening to a melody of sniffling students all crammed into one room, I would slop into my seat and slowly melt into my ...


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, ...