Caitlin Vance

Sport

Formula One say goodbye to ‘grid girls’

One year after Liberty Media completed their acquisition of F1, they have chosen to replace ‘grid girls’ with ‘grid kids’. Liberty Media’s decision has been both applauded for its alignment with modern society and criticised for its removal of an F1 tradition. ‘Grid girls’ have been a long-standing tradition in the sport as a way…

Science

Apple products affected by Meltdown and Spectre flaw

Spectre and Meltdown are flaws which compromise a mechanism in microprocessors manufactured by companies such as Intel. Microprocessors are fundamental technology in modern computers, smartphones and tablets as they allow quick processing capabilities. Therefore, a flaw, such as Spectre or Meltdown, can slow a device by up to 50 percent and creates a vulnerability in…

Science

Squirrels help stroke patients

Research published in The FASEB Journal revealed how a cellular process during squirrels’ hibernations could prevent brain damage. A protective stage present in hibernation results in squirrels suffering no consequences from reduced blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Researchers discovered that a cellular process, named SUMOlyation, is responsible for protecting the cells of squirrels…

Finance

Trouble in paradise?

The Paradise Papers release is a treasure trove of leaked documents containing information about offshore finance. The documents detail controversial investments by high-profile figures like the monarchy, politicians and celebrities. The complex system of offshore investments is often criticised as it frequently serves as a tax haven for the wealthy. Identical to the leak of…

Music, Venue

The MOBO Trust

MOBO Trust, the charity branch of the Music of Black Origins awards institution, has collaborated with Help Musicians UK to launch the Help Musicians Fund. Over the course of a year, the scheme promises up to £2000 for career development to successful candidates. The fund is interested in helping exceptional talent, be that a solo…

Sport

World Cup win for the Young Lions

England’s U17’s football team are now reigning world champions following a dramatic 5-2 win against Spain in Kolkata, India. The World Cup final can only be described as a game of two halves. The first half saw an unfortunate start for the young team as they went 2-0 down just after the 30-minute mark. A…

Sport

Chessboxing comes to Norwich

Chessboxing has made it to Norwich. On Saturday 21st October, OPEN hosted the first ever chessboxing event in Norwich. Chessboxing is a hybrid sport which sees a combination of two classic hobbies: chess and boxing. The parameters of the game are fairly simple. There are eleven rounds alternating between chess and boxing. There are six…

Finance

Virgin invests in innovative transport

It has been announced that Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has invested in Hyperloop One. The LA-based company is currently working on Hyperloop technology, but what is it? Popularised by Elon Musk in 2013, the concept of Hyperloop transportation is a pod-based travel system. According to Virgin’s official statement, the all-electric pods work by electric propulsion…

Science

Large hole develops in Antartica

A hole, compared in size to the state of Maine in America, has appeared in Antarctica. It is the largest hole that has appeared in the Weddell Sea region since the 1970s and measures roughly eighty thousand square kilometres at its furthest points. An open ice-free area such as this, also known as a polynya,…

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