#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...

Science / 04/08/2020 Upcoming Mars missions used to predict dust storms

Dust storms on Mars have always been one of the most baffling mysteries about the Red Planet. Even after 50 years of rigorous research, scientists still have not fully figured out how Martian dust storms are formed, what causes them to last for months, and why they’re so unpredictable. The United States, China and the...

#BLM, Science / 04/08/2020 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...

#BLM, Science / 30/06/2020 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...

#BLM, Science / 30/06/2020 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...

#BLM, Science / 30/06/2020 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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Up-roar at tiger parks in the US

The recent Netflix documentary, ‘Tiger King’, provided an enlightening insight into the wacky and wild world of tiger parks, particularly showing how many tiger parks’ treatment of the animals they claim to care for is poor, and possess a risk to the welfare of the exotic animals they keep in captivity.  There are more tigers…

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The first digital Earth Day

April 22 marked the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, a day where millions of people join together to flood the world with hope, optimism and action. Typically, Earth Day consists of marches, clean-ups and petitions; however, this year, it looked a little different. Prompted by the Santa Barbara oil spill, the first Earth Day was…

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The effects of COVID-19 on asthma patients

According to British Lung Foundation data, over 12% of the UK population have been diagnosed with asthma, with around 5.4 million of those people currently receiving treatment. Asthma is a condition where the airways leading to the lungs become inflamed; this inflammation is responsible for symptoms such as a cough, wheeze, breathlessness and tight chest….


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