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What are microbeads and why could they be banned?

Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has announced plans to ban the use of microbeads in cosmetic products by the end of 2017, in line with regulations already put in place by the American and Canadian governments. Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic that are added to a variety […]

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How Africa’s ‘Great Green Wall’ will combat climate change

The ‘Great Green Wall’ was planned to be a 9 mile wide streak of trees, running through the 11 countries that touch the Southern border of the Sahara’s Sahel desert. In some countries, namely Senegal and Burkina Faso, planting has already begun, says Elvis Paul Tangam, the African Union Commissioner who is heading the project. […]

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Comedy Fringe

Review: The Wimps Show

There’s no shortage of improvised comedy at the Fringe, but this may well be some of the most amusing, and consistently well executed. Their premise is simple: 3 ‘players’ on stage take suggestions from the audience as a basic platform for completely improvised scenarios. The resulting sketches are often absurd, but that only adds to […]

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The EU Referendum: a “disaster” for British science?

There has been considerable debate surrounding the upcoming EU referendum, and around which choice would be the most successful politically, socially, and economically. However a newer argument has emerged: concern about the impact of Brexit on British science. Alongside 150 fellows of the Royal Society, Stephen Hawking has signed an open letter declaring that leaving […]

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Environment Science Science

Five sperm whales washed up on England’s east coast

Five sperm whales have been found washed up on the east coast of England, and their deaths point to a worrying trend: beachings such as these are on the rise. The young males were discovered at Wainfleet, Skegness and Hunstanton; some scientists have suggested that confusion or hunger forced them to make a wrong turn […]