Science / 13/04/2021 Plastic times call for drastic measures

Plastics have taken the world by storm ever since their invention in 1869. They have made material wealth more easily accessible, provided practical solutions to shortages in natural resources through wars, and, astonishingly, were even hailed as being an environmentally friendly resource (as they could easily imitate things like ivory, horns and tortoiseshell). Nowadays, the...

Science / 13/04/2021 Gut microbiome disruption links to certain Parkinson’s disease symptoms

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that results in the loss of brain cells responsible for secreting the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine’s role in motor control is a key contributor to the characteristic symptoms of Parkinson’s, including tremors, reduced mobility and muscle stiffness.  Diagnosis is often centred around the loss of motor control, however,...

Science / 13/04/2021 One small step too far into sci-fi?

Artificial intelligence has consistently cropped up in science fiction for decades. As science continues to advance, we are getting closer to making machines with human-like intelligence a reality. The ability of AI to mimic the way the human brain works, to learn from examples, recognise objects and make decisions allows these machines to perform tasks...

Science / 13/04/2021 Long Covid –is it all in the genes?

Cambridge scientists are studying whether our genes play an important part in determining who develops long Covid and who is spared. Vertigo, extreme fatigue, breathlessness, brain fog and fainting – according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) long Covid has left approximately 1.1 million UK citizens with debilitating symptoms, in some cases, for months...

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...

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