Science & Tech



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 ...


How to deal with fake news on your timeline

22nd June 2020

Isobel Thomas-Horton Writer What to do to challenge fake news on social media. “Fake News” always seemed to me to be something distinctly American, like spray cheese or high school doping scandals. Their independence and constitutionally entrenched distrust of authority struck me as the perfect breeding ground for what Kellyanne Conway memorably coined “alternative facts”. ...


Contact tracing apps: how do they concern me?

10th June 2020

Joseph Evans Writer A discussion of the issues and limitations of contact tracing apps and why they are so controversial. A contact tracing app to help limit the spread of coronavirus has been discussed for months. The original proposal was that it would help to limit the initial spread of the virus back in the ...


Paranoia is its own pandemic

2nd June 2020

Graham Peacock Writer Graham Peacock discusses the harmful effects of paranoia and its recent political history. There’s a picture of the artist David Wojnarowicz taken in 1988 at the height of the HIV crisis that feels particularly poignant to me in the current climate. In it, Wojnarowicz, seen from behind, wears a customised denim jacket ...


Huawei and the 5G network

26th April 2020

Adam Verson Writer When we are told to worry about so many things, should the Chinese government spying on us really be a concern? A new network system has been in the works since 2018. In the last six months, the four major UK network providers (Vodafone, EE, O2, and Three) have all launched 5G ...