|Posted on November 3, 2013 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
Written by Ellie Skelton
Genetic engineering, or genetic modification, is a term constantly referred to in this modern day as being, and quite rightly so, a massive breakthrough in the biological and consequently scientific world. However, when mentioned in everyday life, amongst those less acquainted with the terms ‘plasmids’ and ‘genomes’ I fee...Read Full Post »
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Thalidomide was originally licensed in West Germany in 1957 under the name Contergan as a ‘wonder drug’ for use against anxiety, insomnia, gastritis and tension. Soon, Dr McBride, an obstetrician in Australia, started prescribing thalidomide for an ‘off label’ use to alleviate morning sickness. This rapidly beca...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 25, 2013 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
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Written by Annabel Travers
We’re taught when we’re young: ‘all medicines are drugs, but not all drugs are medicines’. So if I told you that a glass of red wine a day will make you live longer and lower cholesterol, what would you think? But alcohol is a legal drug. If I told you that cannabis had a multitude...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 26, 2013 at 5:15 AM||comments (0)|
Toyota recently released a self-driving car. It uses GPS, lasers and radar to work out where it is and to detect the surrounding objects. Experts say that these types of cars could become the norm and they are already legal in three states in America. But are they what the people want? Even though most driving accidents occur as a result of human error, would you feel safe with a robot driving your car? What about the driving experience?
|Posted on February 26, 2013 at 5:10 AM||comments (1)|
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Written by Elliot Howe
Yes, you can actually measure the speed of light with bread, butter, and a microwave; approximately 3x108 metres per second.
The equation E=mc2 is a value loved by many. Why? Because E=mc2 explains why nothing can travel faster than the speed of l...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 26, 2013 at 5:10 AM||comments (0)|
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It depends on what shape you consider a raindrop to be. If we are thinking of a spherical shape, only about a 5mm diameter. A water molecule is pulled equally in all directions by the neighbouring molecules. As a result of this, water squeezes up until it has the lowest possible surface area. The shape with the lowest possibl...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 26, 2013 at 5:05 AM||comments (0)|
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In a worst-case scenario, if one had to eat parts of oneself, which non-organs would be the most nutritious? Nails, hair or earwax?
Firstly, nails and earwax are virtually indigestible (unless you pressure cook them for a long time in mild acid). Hair would be ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 18, 2013 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
Cycling is always a major Olympic event, watched andsupported by many. Since dominating the track cycling in the Beijing Olympics,British Cycling said they could never expect to replicate their dominance inChina at the next Olympics. However, GB rose to the challenge by producingtheir greatest team ever in these London Games, achieving an outstanding twelvemedals. So how did they do it?
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|Posted on February 18, 2013 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
The Higgs boson. The 'God' particle. The giver of mass...
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Written by Peter Dobson
All these names are thrown into sweeping statements about science, making people seem a whole lot cleverer than they actually are. And yes, before I carried out a quick Google search, I was one of these people. But now (eq...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 18, 2013 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
Written by Elliot Howe
Yes, nanocars. A molecular vehicle designed in 2005 by researchers at Rice University in Texas. This nanocar has not only allowed us to study the uses and wonders of carbon in more detail, but shown the technological advances which have been made to allow us to work on such a small scale. The ca...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 18, 2013 at 7:40 PM||comments (1)|
How we react under pressure: The Milgram Experiment
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Written by Maddie Petrie
Authority is the right or power to enforce rules and giveorders; it is a source of reliable information and therefore we trust it. Weare taught from a young age to respect authority, but is it always a good thingto do what you are...Read Full Post »