science&tech



The race for the base

28th December 2020

Can moon water pave the way to Mars? NASA has discovered water on the sunlit surface of the Moon for the first time. The breakthrough discovery paves the way for a sustainable lunar base.   Given that we first contacted the Moon over five decades ago you may wonder: why hadn’t we found water sooner? Since ...


An app to help your mental health?

28th December 2020

Researchers at UofG are collaborating on an app to help mental health, but is the app store already filled with similar programmes? Over the course of this past year, the gradual escalation of the Covid-19 pandemic has not only dramatically disrupted many of our regular routines and activities, but the long-lasting implications of the disease ...


The science behind… a festive meal

23rd December 2020

In the first installment of a series, Sofia Della Sala explains the science behind cooking a turkey. Christmas: the time to gorge yourself on foods that you never eat at any other time of year, to lock chocolates away behind tiny numbered doors and wear hats made out of paper. It’s magical. Call me corny ...


The immunity issue with coronavirus

20th December 2020

With all this talk about vaccines, Sofia Della Sala discusses immunity in people who have already had Covid-19. There has been a lot of talk lately about our immunity towards Covid-19 and the antibodies associated with it. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the topic, let’s quickly define what antibodies are and why we ...


Edible bags saving Japan’s deer

17th December 2020

Plastics can be detrimental to wildlife, but a Japanese entrepreneur may have found a solution. Deer in Japan are held to high regard. Shinto beliefs suggest that they are messengers of the gods, and due to their religious status there are multiple areas in Japan where they are free to roam. You can find them ...


Fact checking your Facebook feed

30th November 2020

We’re living in a post-truth world. How can we tell fact from fiction online? As social media platforms have blossomed, it has never been so easy to communicate with others. However, along there has been an increase in deceptive, misleading, and false information designed to spread quickly. These have taken the form of conspiracy theories, ...


Paypal joins the Bitcoin market

28th November 2020

Paypal’s venture into cryptocurrencies could introduce many of us into this virtual world of money. Bitcoin is an innovative form of cryptocurrency that arose to address economic problems related to centralised currency. Because Bitcoin is not a physical form of currency, it can be a little daunting, but it’s quite simple.  As the first form ...


The reality of ‘long Covid’

27th November 2020

Morgan Carpenter explores the lasting effects of Covid-19. Coronavirus cases continue to rise in the UK, and with it reports of so-called “long Covid” (formally called post-acute Covid-19). Associate professor in public health at the University of Southampton Nisreen Alwan described “long Covid” in a recent panel with the British Medical Journal as “not recovering ...


Bitter about glitter litter

22nd November 2020

The use of glitter has a profound effect on our ecosystem. Should we avoid using it? With Santa’s sleigh soon approaching, it’s important to consider the use of glitter and the concerns that it poses to the ecosystem. Recent research into the effect of glitter has shown that it may be harmful to the ecosystem; ...


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 ...