Science / 22/09/2020 Snapshots

In the last six weeks, five Ugandan gorillas have been born at Bwindi Park. This species of mountain gorilla is endangered with just above 1,000 currently alive. Only three gorillas were born here last year, making this increase unprecedented. The reason for this sudden boom is still unknown, with all babies being born to different...

Science / 22/09/2020 New evidence discovered from black hole collision

Scientists have discovered the largest collision of two black holes ever detected. Researchers detected gravitational waves originating from 17 billion light-years away. Due to the expansion of the universe, this collision would have occurred 7 billion years ago, making it the oldest detected collision, having happened at slightly before halfway through the universe’s lifespan. This...

Science / 22/09/2020 Is there life on Mars?

With the recent launch of Perseverance, NASA’s most complex and sophisticated rover yet, scientists are looking forward to discovering evidence holding the secret to learning about life on Mars. It is already known that the Red Planet was, at some point in time, habitable, but this mission hopes to gather samples that could finally reveal...

Science / 22/09/2020 Is rooftop farming the solution to our urban agriculture problems?

With areas across the world becoming increasingly urbanised, and built up areas sprawling into previously untouched land or farmland, problems are being created for agriculture and farming. Space for farming is being heavily reduced and the practicality of having farmland close to a city or urban area for ease is also being threatened. So, what...

Science / 22/09/2020 Environment: what’s looking up and what’s going downhill?

Things are looking up for: rewilding attempts. ‘Guerilla’ farmer Derek Gow continues on his quest to rewild Britain’s native fauna. The 55 year old has released 25,000 water voles and multiple pairs of beavers to date, and plans to begin releasing storks and wildcats over the next two years. This may seem counterproductive for a...

#BLM, Science / 04/08/2020 The dangerous lack of diversity in science and medicine textbooks

When asked to think of a biologist, chances are that many of us would name one of the many white men we’ve been taught about from a young age. Charles Darwin. Alexander Fleming. Louis Pasteur. Despite the ever-growing recognition in the media of the contributions of women and people of colour to science, it’s clear...

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Racial inequalities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic to be further investigated

A new report carried out by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) aims to explore how coronavirus has contributed to “the loss of lives and livelihoods” within Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. A government-driven report was published in June that showed the heightened Coronavirus death rates within minority communities. The Labour MP…

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Tackling climate change and pollution means tackling racism and inequality too

What do Scott Morrison, Jair Bolsanaro and Donald Trump have in common? Well, they are all national leaders who have been accused of climate change denial and racism in their terms in office. The countries under their leadership are severely affected by climate change, suffering through January’s Australian bushfires, 2019’s Amazonian wildfires and the US’s…

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Innovations and contributions to science by Black scientists

George Washington Carver was born into an enslaved family during the American Civil War. Carver was separated from his mother and sister when they were kidnapped by raiders. The kidnapper’s returned Carver to the plantation after an agreement was made with the owner, however Carver’s mother and sister were not returned with him. His educational…

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Racism in the healthcare setting

Racial biases within medicine have been rampant and prominent across history. With many doctors and scientists throughout history, reinforcing racial stereotypes and hierarchical systems within the quality of health care they provide. History shows decades of biased education, the exploitation of racial minorities as subjects for medical teaching and training, and unethical scientific experimentation such…

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Animals that get high

Animals deliberately intoxicating themselves may sound more like the plot of an episode of Family Guy than real life, but it occurs more commonly than you might expect. Animals that get high range from coyotes to reindeers to wallabies. Even domesticated dogs and cats have been known to consume potent toxins, such as mushrooms and…


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