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Science

Cracking the sugar code: the secret language cells use

When it comes to communicating the fundamentals of life, DNA gets all the credit. Almost everyone is familiar with the distinctive double helix, an iconic structure that has been familiar ever since 1953 when Watson and Crick published the now-legendary article announcing its discovery. But what about life’s other language? The code which has been […]

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Science

Forget anti-vaxxers, we need to talk about ease of access

Let me begin with a potentially controversial statement: anti-vaxxers are a manufactured problem. Growth in these groups is often associated with the recent spikes in confirmed cases of measles, attracting a lot of public attention. This is an extremely useful narrative. It gives us a group to blame when we see people dying from completely […]

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Science Technology

AI could monitor farms from space to look for illegal pollution

It seems as though the thousands of voices protesting the awful, human contribution to climate change have finally been answered. To an extent. The US government has been making use of the country’s recent developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect farms that may be illegally polluting the waterways. This approach has also been trialled […]

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Environment Marine Biology Science

Research has discovered that octopuses can ‘see’ with their skin

Octopodes (yes, that’s right ) are one of the most fascinating species on the planet. With three hearts, eight arms and blue blood, there are many intriguing facts about these sensational cephalopods. Octopodes are the most intelligent invertebrates on the planet, with the ability to form relationships, create and use tools, and even engage in […]

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Sport

Why is ice hockey such a minor sport in Scotland?

There’s an old joke that Canada, a multi-cultural melting pot overflowing with history, could have had American technology, French cuisine, and British culture, but instead got stuck with American culture, French technology, and British cuisine. Sadly, this idea is very accurate. It explains why Canadians must turn to sport to cope with all the doom, […]

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Multimedia

Coexistence… With Bulletproof Glass

In September, The Student interviewed a student who had spent a year abroad in Palestine and asked them about their experiences. This photo essay displays some of the images that they took during their time on the West Bank, accompanied by some of their comments about their experience . Palestine is often talked about superficially or […]

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Features

Cultural tolerance and its importance

Simply skimming through the headlines of a newspaper, one is perturbed by the seemingly endless number of human catastrophes wrecking our fragile blue planet. The cycle of escalating violence and provocations in Yemen, extrajudicial murders in Myanmar, overlapping conflicts across the Great Sahel, and the potential unravelling of the European Union are only a few […]

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Live Music

Frogbelly and Symphony, Snide Rhythms and Kapil Seshasayee live at the Wee Red Bar

The Wee Red Bar is a much loved intimate venue used for live music, art exhibitions and club nights, located between Edinburgh College of Arts’ Main and Hunter Buildings. Red fairy lights adorn the ceiling, bathing the audience and performers in a rosy glow. Although there isn’t a stage in the bar, the wires connecting […]