Rosina Poller

Science

Plastic times call for drastic measures

Plastics have taken the world by storm ever since their invention in 1869. They have made material wealth more easily accessible, provided practical solutions to shortages in natural resources through wars, and, astonishingly, were even hailed as being an environmentally friendly resource (as they could easily imitate things like ivory, horns and tortoiseshell). Nowadays, the…

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One small step too far into sci-fi?

Artificial intelligence has consistently cropped up in science fiction for decades. As science continues to advance, we are getting closer to making machines with human-like intelligence a reality. The ability of AI to mimic the way the human brain works, to learn from examples, recognise objects and make decisions allows these machines to perform tasks…

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Nice to meteor you

It’s not every day a meteorite lands on your driveway, let alone one that could help explain the mysteries of the formation of our solar system – but that’s exactly what happened to a family in Gloucestershire. Just before 10pm on Saturday 28th February, a blazing fireball in the night sky captivated thousands of eyewitnesses…

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Nobel Prizes for Science 2020

Physiology and Medicine Drs Harvey Alter, Micheal Houghton and Charles Rice, jointly received the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine for discoveries leading to the identification of Hepatitis C. Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver, mainly caused by a viral infection which has two main types. The first can be transmitted through contaminated food…

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