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Barista at home: how science can fuel your caffeine addiction

We are all going to have to become better baristas in our own homes. Changes to Edinburgh lockdown restrictions from the 16th January have dealt another blow to our finest coffee shops. No longer will you be able to pick up your coffee in the shop – now it must be delivered to your home. […]

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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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Would Covid-19 be classified as a pandemic if Europe weren’t the epicentre?

On March 12th, the World Health Organisation sent shockwaves across the globe as they announced that the Covid-19 virus outbreak was officially a pandemic. This classification caused governments and citizens alike to spring into action and start taking serious precautions in an attempt to fight back against the rapid spread of the coronavirus. The first […]

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The return of race science: an interview with Angela Saini

Murder. Exploitation. Dehumanisation. Three words that summarise the European colonial endeavour. Accumulation of wealth, hegemony and supremacy are just a summary of the gains made in the process; and behind it all, one invention – a social system that keeps the world in check to this day, determining our lives in this very minute: Race. […]

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Zapping your way to a better brain: miracle or myth?

It is no real surprise that the average contemporary human being is beguiled by the concept of bettering themselves through the use of technology. Considering the range of seemingly impossible feats realised using products of the constantly developing field, why would we not then wonder the improvements to our own mental or physical agility that […]

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Genetic modification: a step too far in science?

On December 30th of 2019, a Chinese scientist by the name of He Jianku was sentenced to three years in prison by a court in China. This was due to his experimentation and genetic modification on twin babies Lulu and Nana, who were revealed to the world in November of 2018. The Chinese government convicted […]

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Recent study demonstrates maths skills of honey bees

A recent study at RMIT University, Australia, led by Scarlett Howard and Adrian Dyer, has demonstrated the ability of honey bees to distinguish between numbers, suggesting that they are more accomplished at quantity evaluation than previously thought. The study, which was also conducted by Jair Garcia, Andrew Greentree, and Aurore Avarguès-Weber, took place in France, […]

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Frontotemporal dementia spreads via connected brain networks

Dementia is a devastating and life-altering symptom that normally affects individuals who are aged 65 or over. ‘Frontotemporal dementia’ (FTD), a rarer cause of dementia compared to Alzheimer’s Disease, is a group of disorders named after the regions of the brain that are mainly affected (the frontal and temporal lobes) by the loss of brain […]