Why Science Must Reward Failure

Any scientist will tell you that science is a process of trial and error. Error, however, is rarely rewarded (and often not even admitted to) by the scientific community. This is a result of stagnation in the way that scientific discoveries are made public, with scientific publishing seemingly stuck in a paradigm unaffected by the…

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Don’t Fear the Robots

Hollywood has provided us with countless post-apocalyptic scenarios, in which robotic technological advances have led to the eventual callous overthrow of their makers. However, recent research released by Stanford University seems to suggest that these ideas may not be as fictitious as they seem; in fact, you could be forgiven for mistaking the information presented…

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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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