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The world’s longest break up: the African tectonic plate

Africa is splitting in two. It may take millions of years, but geologists believe that eventually, the continent will split along the Great Rift Valley. Recently, a new crack has come to light in the Suswa region of Kenya. Heavy rains are believed to be responsible for revealing the cracks by washing away volcanic ash […]

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How vitamin D might save your life

If your childhood was anything like mine, you may have found yourself being fed multi-vitamin tablets or the dreaded spoon of cod liver oil by well-meaning adults. We all know that vitamins are beneficial, but there is growing evidence to suggest that vitamin D may be even more important than we have been led to […]

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Discovering secrets of the universe with a graphic novel

Nerds read physics books; geeks read comics. Right? Well, not entirely. Clifford V Johnson, Professor of Physics at the University of Southern California, is attempting to bridge the gap between the scientist and the layperson through a more creative medium: the graphic novel. Drawing inspiration from Plato’s own use of dialogues as a vehicle for […]

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Academics unplugged: tackling infections to benefit Africa

From the name, the aims of Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa (TIBA) seem quite straightforward: the organisation wants to stop the spreading of disease in Africa. At least that’s what I thought when I decided to attend the Academics Unplugged event on 25 January 2018. However, I soon learned that TIBA’s plans stretch far beyond […]

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Reality TV takes to outer space in Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

4/5 Stars Orbiting 350 kilometres above the Earth in the International Space Station (ISS), Chris Hadfield experienced what many can only dream about. Living and working in space. You may have heard of this Canadian astronaut and former ISS Commander from his viral cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity back in 2013. Now, Hadfield is […]

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Reality or Fiction: Learning science via Star Wars

A short, bite-sized episode on the science of lightsabers. What more could your inner child ask for? Well if you’re here for mind-blowing science at a university thinking level, you might definitely be left wishing for more from Science and Star Wars. However, for the younger audience this Facebook based show is a fantastic introduction […]