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Cracking the Covid code

Meet an Edinburgh PhD candidate tracking the pandemic’s mutations… A group of students at the University of Edinburgh are in the vanguard of the microscopic war against Covid-19, trying to head off its myriad mutations and give advance warning if the virus evolves into more contagious forms. It was these students who helped to find […]

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Scottish independence would lead to “uncertainty for students”, claim opposition

Scottish independence would would bring academic and career uncertainty for students in Scotland according to both main opposition parties, in answer to claims by the Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader, Ian Blackford MP, in his exclusive interview with The Student.  The Leader of the Scottish Conservative party, Douglas Ross, the MP for Moray and Labour’s Shadow […]

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Interview with SNP MP Ian Blackford

Scottish independence would put right a great harm done to students in the country by Brexit, the Scottish National Party’s leader in Westminster, Ian Blackford MP has told The Student in an exclusive interview. “I really feel quite passionately that what we’ve done to your generation is just so wrong,” says Mr Blackford. “By not […]

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Meet Edinburgh’s alien-hunting professor

He’s a serious scientist: a professor, who give lectures dressed as an alien. He’s lived in the most extreme places on earth, the driest and the coldest, to study how life might flourish on other planets. Lately he’s pitched into the debate on claims that the discovery of phosphine gas in Venus’ scorching, acid atmosphere […]

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Interview with the Governor of Edinburgh Castle

There is a lot of talk right now about what it means to be Scottish in the 21st Century, as the independence debate grinds on. One man, the Queen’s man in Edinburgh Castle, embraces a version of it which he says is embedded in the rocks and stones of that castle; in his name and […]

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Lemonade Think Bubble

It was another dull quarantine day until I sipped my glass of lemonade. April sun streamed through it and cast a bright pattern across the desk. Lounging about the house I saw these reflected and refracted mosaics everywhere: a basin; a bowl; a mug and remembered that similar shimmerings are seen at pools too. My […]

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Student doctors join the fight against COVID-19

More than 200 Edinburgh medical graduates have answered the call to fight COVID-19 and left their degree courses early to work in hospitals all over the country. The new doctors have begun their careers at a time when the disease has killed more than 100 medical and support staff nationwide. So, who are the people […]

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Home Runs

Gym nuts lift flowerpots, quirky dads lie down to pedal recumbent bikes, Premier League footballers do kitchen keepy-uppies with toilet rolls. That’s exercise in lockdown. While the outdoor world is being constricted, the home has become a sweaty refuge. Platforms like Zoom, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook are offering the tortures of cardio, high-intensity interval training, […]