Science / 23/03/2021 What biases are in our healthcare systems?

Considering that healthcare has dominated the headlines, ruled our social media feeds and lingered in our conscience for the last 12 months, now is not a bad time to delve into some nursing related research and smash out a healthcare dissertation. My topic came to me in strands and required some effort to weave together...

Science / 23/03/2021 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...

Science / 23/03/2021 Camera in a pill: the latest silver bullet?

Capsule camera endoscopy is a diagnostic technology recently introduced to the NHS in an attempt to diagnose colon and bowel cancer earlier. An alternative to a traditional endoscopy, capsule camera technology is a small camera, the size of a vitamin pill (23 mm), which a patient swallows. As the capsule travels through the body, it...

Science / 23/03/2021 The pandemic, conservation, and the environment

The environment has been far more impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic than first realised and it seems recovery efforts fail to acknowledge this fact. Already the pandemic has taken a drastic toll on the world’s environment and conservation efforts. Ecotourism has fallen drastically due to travel bans, meaning a billion pound industry crucial for livelihoods,...

Science / 23/03/2021 Rising temperatures could make Earth uninhabitable

With climate change comes a series of unfortunate consequences, and rising temperatures are at the top of the list. This phenomenon is particularly dangerous for areas near the equator as the rapidly increasing heat threatens to make these regions literally uninhabitable. The latest research has announced that rising temperatures and humidity are pushing tropical areas...

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...

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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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Hygiene equality is no longer a luxury

The start of the new year has brought in the abolition of the ‘tampon tax’, a policy deemed by many to be ‘sexist’ and a perpetuation of gender equality which does not belong in today’s society – a zero rate of VAT now applies to all sanitary products in the UK. The move was finally…

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2020: Hottest year on record or not?

According to the European Union’s climate monitoring service, 2020 has tied with 2016 as the hottest year on record. To many this has come as no surprise in a year that has seen devastating bushfires across Australia, increasingly thinning Arctic ice, a wild Atlantic hurricane season, and the hottest temperature recorded in human history at…

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Snapshots

Design for Mary Anning statue revealed The design has been revealed for a statue of pioneering paleontologist Mary Anning in her hometown of Lyme Regis. The campaign, led by 13-year-old Evie Swire, is crowdfunding for the statue in a bid to celebrate Anning’s achievements which went unrecognised throughout her life due to her gender and…

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Are GM crops in the UK’s future?

This month, the government launched a consultation into gene editing for livestock and crops in England. This aims to explore the pros and cons of genetic modification (GM) which is strictly regulated in the EU, deciding whether it could be a successful tool in post-Brexit agriculture. Currently, 60% of processed food in the USA contains…


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