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TV

The Dog House

Channel 4’s new documentary series has been described as ‘a dating show for pets’, as it follows the employees of Wood Green, The Animals Charity. The show tells the stories of different people and families that are looking for their new best friends. Differing from some documentaries that follow animal adoption, The Dog House makes […]

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Literature

Spinning

Tillie Walden, in her most recent graphic novel, Spinning, details her eventful teenage life as a figure skater. Her memoir begins with her move to Austin at the age of 11, taking us through to her eventual decision to quit figure skating at the age of 17. The book’s main theme is Walden’s time as […]

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Science Technology

Code.org partners with Microsoft in attempt to make coding fun

A tutorial designed in collaboration with Microsoft and Code.org will seek to use the immensely popular sandbox game Minecraft to teach children the fundamentals of coding. Hosted on a computer science education website, the programme will be available for free with 14 levels for children to navigate through as part of the company’s Hour of Code […]

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Science

MESSENGER reveals Mercury as never seen before

On the evening of March 17 2011, nearly seven years after it blasted into space, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft (Mercury Surface, Space ENvironment, Geochemistry, and Ranging) made history when it became the first satellite ever to orbit Mercury. Four years later, having paved the way to the most ambitious study of the planet yet, MESSENGER is […]

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Culture Literature

“And Death took Terry Pratchett by the hand” – Sir Terry Pratchett: An Obituary

AT LAST SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER. The tweet was posted at precisely 7:06 PM, on Thursday 12 March, signifying the end of celebrated fantasy writer Sir Terry Pratchett’s long and arduous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Author of over 70 books, knighted for his contribution to literature in 2009, Sir Pratchett was best known for […]

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Culture ROYGBIV

ROYGBIV: Divorcing Real Witches

It’s that time of the year again when we get to announce the forerunners for that very prestigious literary award. No, I’m not talking about the Man Booker Prize, nor the Pulitzer Price for Fiction. Why it’s time for the Bookseller Magazine’s ‘oddest book title of the year,’ of course! The competition is tough this […]

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Culture Literature

Our literary follow-up to the biggest Hallmark Holiday

Love it or hate it, it’s that time of the year again. Yes, Valentine ’s Day may be a few days past but it will be another week before the gift roses wilt and the heart-shaped chocolates cease to grace Tesco’s shelves.  For the loved-up amongst us this is a blessing but for many it’s […]

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Culture ROYGBIV

ROYGBIV – Innovative Culture

Whilst we’re sure some of you will be busy with all the fun and exciting events put on by the university this Innovative Learning Week (wink wink), for many of us it’s nothing but an opportunity for a week-long lie-in. It seems a shame to waste a whole seven days of freedom on what we’re […]