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The flat Earth debate and the status of opinions in science

If you asked the average person on the street what shape the Earth is, they would tell you that it’s a sphere. A pedant might describe it as an ‘oblate…

Gravitational waves usher in a new era for astronomy

Gravitational waves are direct testimony to disruptions in spacetime itself”, reads the press release for this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics, from only three weeks ago. “A wealth of discoveries…

Alexander Fleming: the founding father of antibiotics

Alexander Fleming is one of Scotland’s best-known and most influential scientists. Most famous for his discovery of penicillin, he also made many other medical advances in the fields of chemotherapy,…

Bees can be trained to play football, despite their tiny brains

People who say that footballers aren’t intelligent have just been provided with a winning argument: a new study has shown that bees can be taught to play football. The experiments,…

Frog tongues’ sticky properties

When mechanical engineering PhD student Alexis Noel and her supervisor David Hu watched a viral YouTube video of a frog playing the smartphone game ‘Ant Smasher’, Noel was struck with…

Adoptly – the Tinder for adoption

With the ubiquity of swiping-based apps such as Tinder, it is not surprising that companies providing other services and even products would want to capitalise on swiping mentality: there are…

First fossilised dinosaur brain has been discovered in the UK

When Jamie Hiscocks, an amateur fossil collector, picked up a brown pebble with unusual markings on a beach near Bexhill, Sussex in 2004, he could not have known the impact…

Is there systemic sexism in science and healthcare?

Image: kazuend Fourteen years after the insomnia drug Ambien was released to the public, the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) required that the recommended dosage prescribed to women…