Science / 02/03/2021 Nursing Degree applications rise by a third

UCAS figures have revealed nursing degree applications have risen by a third compared to last year, a positive sign for the future of the NHS. For the last 12 months health science has grabbed news headlines and swarmed social media’s news feeds. So, for many, it is hardly surprising that COVID-19 has inspired prospective students...

Science / 02/03/2021 World’s first human trials for Covid-19 to start in UK

The first human challenge trials for Covid-19 are set to take place in the UK over the coming weeks following approval from the country’s clinical trials ethics body. According to the government’s website, the study is being carried out as a collaboration between the Vaccines Taskforce, Imperial College London, the Royal Free London NHS Foundation...

Science / 02/03/2021 Why we need women leading in science

We know there is a gender gap in STEM. 35% of STEM students are women, yet we represent only 15% of STEM leaders and managers.   Young children of all genders show equal interest in science, yet by age 10 when asked to draw a picture of a scientist, young girls are twice as likely to...

Science / 02/03/2021 Closing the gender gap in science

29.3% of the world’s researchers, professionals “engaged in the conception or creation of new knowledge”, are women. Women are 24% of the core STEM workforce in the UK and are 35% of STEM students. Women make up 39% of physical sciences students, but 19% in engineering, computing, and technology. No studies consider gender minorities in...

Science / 09/02/2021 The Anthropocene: A New and Contested Concept

All around us the planet is dying – and humans are responsible. In fact, the influence that we are having on the global environment is so great that it has been suggested that we have moved into a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene.  Coming from the Greek words for human (‘anthropos’) and new (‘cene’), this...

Science / 09/02/2021 The moon’s wet: now what?

In October 2020, NASA’s SOFIA aircraft, with the assistance of an infrared camera, discovered water on the light side of the moon. While there has been evidence of ice in the moon’s craters, this discovery of water on parts of the surface that aren’t shadowed and below freezing marks an interesting turn for the future...

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Why we need women leading in science

We know there is a gender gap in STEM. 35% of STEM students are women, yet we represent only 15% of STEM leaders and managers.   Young children of all genders show equal interest in science, yet by age 10 when asked to draw a picture of a scientist, young girls are twice as likely to…

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Closing the gender gap in science

29.3% of the world’s researchers, professionals “engaged in the conception or creation of new knowledge”, are women. Women are 24% of the core STEM workforce in the UK and are 35% of STEM students. Women make up 39% of physical sciences students, but 19% in engineering, computing, and technology. No studies consider gender minorities in…

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The moon’s wet: now what?

In October 2020, NASA’s SOFIA aircraft, with the assistance of an infrared camera, discovered water on the light side of the moon. While there has been evidence of ice in the moon’s craters, this discovery of water on parts of the surface that aren’t shadowed and below freezing marks an interesting turn for the future…

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Some fin is happening to sharks and rays

Sharks and rays are becoming extinct at an “alarming” rate, experts warn, and it is up to us to save them. A new study, originally meant as a useful report card for the numbers of sharks and rays in our oceans, has instead revealed a dramatic drop in the species’ numbers. Data suggests that the…

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Chemical Recycling

In the United Kingdom, we produce 230m tonnes of waste chemicals per year. This number contributes to the ‘8.3bn tonnes of virgin plastic produced worldwide.’  Yet, statistics show that only 9% of plastic waste has been recycled. With the urgent need to limit plastic waste, science and technology come hand in hand in regarding waste…


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