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The problem with vaccine nationalism during a pandemic

For many people, the light at the end of the lockdown tunnel is a Covid vaccine. Multiple trials are underway with promising results and there have been suggestions that a vaccine could be rolled out as early as March next year. However, the problem is not just finding a vaccine which works but also distributing […]

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Behind The Curve

Sometimes you will be told something so completely ludicrous that you don’t even register it as a fact. One of these statements is “there are thousands of people who believe the Earth is flat and the government is conspiring to keep this a secret from us.” Why do they think this? What possible evidence is […]

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Measles has returned to haunt the United States of America

Officials have declared a public health emergency in the United States due to a measles outbreak in Washington. The rising number of cases in the state has been linked to travellers returning from Israel and Ukraine where the disease is relatively common. So far there have been 51 confirmed cases within Washington but no fatalities. […]

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Why we should all be eating more bugs

When I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here comes onto our screens each November, millions across the UK watch through their fingers as the camp mates are forced to eat spiders, mealworms and witchetty grubs. There is a collective shriek as the celebs gag and retch whilst Dec offers some encouraging words of advice […]

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13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons

When 13 Reasons Why premiered on Netflix in March 2017, there was an almost immediate backlash to the handling of the sensitive subjects it attempted to address. The show, for anyone unfamiliar, focuses on Clay (Dylan Minnette), whose friend Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) recently killed herself. Clay learns that before her suicide Hannah recorder thirteen […]

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Has medical advice on taking the pill been wrong all this time?

When the contraceptive pill, or ‘the pill,’ first came onto the market in 1960, it revolutionised women’s sexual freedom. Now, over 100 million women globally use the pill as a contraceptive method as well as a way in which to control and regulate their periods. However, new guidelines from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive […]

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Study finds strongest opponents of GMOs know the least about them

Researchers have found that people who strongly oppose genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food know the least about the science behind them, but think they know the most. A new study in Nature Human Behaviour tested 501 adults on their knowledge of GMOs with a true or false quiz. They were then asked to […]

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2018 Round-up: the big science stories you need to know about

Last year, 2018, was a big year for science and technology. Here, we look back at the discoveries, projects and innovations which made big news last year.   NASA launched a probe to touch the sun A new probe was launched in order to investigate the temperature of the sun. We know that the atmosphere […]