Aerospace Materials in Fashion

Presumably, most of us wouldn’t expect the words ‘aerospace materials’ to be thrown around in casual, day-to-day conversation. An even smaller minority of people would associate them with a whole subclass of engineering (let alone a possible undergraduate degree…!). Whilst – at first glance – the title of this topic may appear quite niche, it…

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#MakeScienceCoolAgain – just how damaging is scientific inaccessibility?

The March for Science took place in cities across the world yesterday, with Washington’s protest seeing tens of thousands in attendance. People poured onto the streets in defiance of the impending budget cuts to research, vocalising the importance of science both on personal, and universal levels. However, in the midst of this positive solidarity, I was particularly struck…

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A Little History of the Microbiome

Continuing with my (apparent) theme of dissecting popular science, I’ve decided to talk about a rapidly growing field of study – that of the microbiome. For those of you who don’t know, the ‘microbiome’ refers to the diverse ecology of bacteria residing within our intestines. To put into context just how vast this range of microorganisms is: we have over 100…

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The Growroom: IKEA’s answer to sustainable farming?

Back in October 2016, The Growroom was launched by Swedish architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm. This was done in collaboration with Space10, IKEA’s Copenhagen-based innovation lab (a community united by the joint purpose of designing an eco-friendly way of living). The structure was later exhibited at the Chart Art Fair in Copenhagen. Since then designers have updated it, with…

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Salmonella – enemy, or ally?

Research performed by a South Korean team at Chonnam National University was recently published, to much excitement. These scientists claim to have discovered a way to flag up cancerous cells, using Salmonella as a “Trojan Horse” of sorts (sneaking into mutated cells via the body’s immune system, and attacking them).

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Trump and Climate Change

On 9th November 2016, the inevitable happened – Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States, despite the sexism, the outrageous display of racism, and the lack of any political experience whatsoever. Even though Hillary Clinton had a higher popular vote than Trump (48.2% compared to 46.5%), he still managed to…

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