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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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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Is this the end for insects?

Insects play a crucial role on our planet, not only are they essential for the pollination of plants, but they also aerate the soil which they grow in and recycle the nutrients needed for growth. Therefore recent reports, published in the journal of science, that the global insect population is decreasing are alarming.  In the…


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