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Interview: Professor Richard Morris

Professor Richard Morris CBE FRS, is a Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems at the University of Edinburgh. His research focus is on the neurobiology of learning and memory. It is for work in this area that he was awarded the 2016 Brain Prize along with Professor Tim […]

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Do the benefits of testing on animals outweigh the costs?

Image: Marcel Burkhard Animal testing is historically a topic that inspires discussion, from nation-wide campaigns down to student newspaper debates. Before this article proceeds any further, I want to specify that this article focuses on animal testing for scientific and medical purposes. Cosmetic animal testing, banned in the European Union, is morally unjustifiable, and the […]

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Elections in a digital age: combining technology and politics

In recent years, political election cycles have been remembered for their more outrageous moments. On the campaign trail, public relations goes all out: multitudes of advertisements are made, bombardments of slogans are penned – and electoral promises are even carved into giant blocks of rock. The internet’s rise has provided politicians with yet another means […]

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Home Office set to allow human-animal chimeras

Image: Ben Salter Controversial new research that has allowed the creation of human-animal chimeras in American research labs could be given the green light on British soil. Next week, the Home Office’s Animals in Science Regulation Unit (ASRU) is likely to approve a procedure that involves the transfer of human stem cells, which have the […]

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The Cribs – Burning For No One

If you’d listened to anything from The Cribs’ last album, In The Belly of The Brazen Bull, expecting an indie banger along the lines of earlier singles “I’m a Realist” or “Men’s Needs”, you would be disappointed and deafened by the dense feedback and grit that has defined their latest work. However, “Burning For No […]

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IndyRef will encourage other secessionists

When the world focused its collective eyes last week on the unofficial independence ballot being conducted in Catalonia, a region of northeast Spain denied a full referendum by the central government, amongst the red and yellow striped banners of the Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya, quite a few saltires were furiously waved by cheering Catalan separatists. […]

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Conservatives try boldly to stabilise UKIP threat

If there is one message to take home from the Conservative Party Conference, it is that the real Tories are back, and they have no intention of forming any compromise fuelled coalitions. Conference season has been in full flow in the last two weeks, and as we approach the next election, the political agendas of […]

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Following the ‘No’ vote, we must now respond with hope

From the prospective of many relieved ‘No’ voters, an unknown economic minefield has been avoided. Plenty of articles have been written about the relief of Thursday’s result, and some journalists in the London-based press have been writing off 45% of Scottish voters as “narrow nationalists”, angering many ‘Yes’ voters for whom the vote was not an endorsement […]