Science / 13/10/2020 DNA suggests that people from America had a role in populating the Pacific islands

How Polynesia was initially populated has been up for debate and speculated by scholars for many years. But a new study has found evidence and suggests that Indigenous people in South America travelled over 7,000 kilometres of open sea to reach eastern Polynesia more than 800 years ago.  The study, led by Alexander Ionnidis and...

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Endangered pileated gibbon born at Blackpool Zoo Ivy and Chamoa, two pileated gibbons at Blackpool Zoo, have recently become proud parents. This is the third gibbon born to this pair, with there being only 14 living in zoos across the UK. Pileated gibbons are currently classified as endangered, so this bodes well for the future...

Science / 13/10/2020 Phosphine gas found on Venus suggests a ‘possible sign of life’

Mankind has often looked up at the night sky and wondered if we are alone in the universe. A recent discovery might just have found the answer to that age-old question in the clouds of Venus. Conditions on Venus have always been dismissed as incompatible with life. Its surface is hot enough to melt lead....

Science / 13/10/2020 Record breaking fires rage across California as climate change continues to take its hold

Since the beginning of the year, more than 8,300 wildfires have burned over 4 million acres across California. More than double any previous record of land to ever be burned in a single year in the state. The fire encompasses an area larger than Connecticut, resulting in 31 fatalities and the destruction of an estimated...

Science / 13/10/2020 New regulations on human genome editing announced

When we think of gene editing, our thoughts tend to lean towards the stuff of comic books rather than therapies for cancer treatments or modifying crops to survive in arid conditions. Genome editing consists of various technologies and methods used by scientists to alter genes. Such technology heavily relies on genetic editing tools like CRISPR-Cas9,...

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...

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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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How to stay productive in isolation

It can be difficult to stay motivated at home as our daily routines have suddenly changed so dramatically. The things people may do to reward themselves for a hard day’s work like going to the gym, the local bar or the shopping centre have suddenly disappeared. With this sudden increase in free time, people are…

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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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