science&tech



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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...