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Bullseye! How Turmeric Nanoparticles Can Treat Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a progressive disease that deteriorates the optic nerve by causing a loss of retinal ganglion cells. It affects 60 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of blindness globally. Curcumin, which is the active ingredient in turmeric,…

Nobel Prize in Physics: The First Exoplanet and a Pioneer of Theoretical Cosmology

On October 8, the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to James Peebles, Michel Mayor, and Didier Queloz “for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos”.   James Peebles of…

De-Extinction Rebellion: How to Revive a Mammoth, and Other Dead Creatures

Simply put, de-extinction is the growing field of biology that aims to bring animals back from extinction. Genetics, molecular biology, palaeontology, and evolutionary biology intersect here to bring to life what was once considered to be a fantasy. Animals like…

To Upgrade, Or Not To Upgrade: The Ethics of Human Augmentation

Have you ever thought about what humanity would look like in the future? Would we have flying DeLoreans like in “Back to the Future”, would we be venturing to distant planets, or will our climate and habitat be unrecognisably different?…

Impossible Efficiency: Magnets and Heat Recovery

A study published in the journal ‘Science Advances’ has demonstrated a new way of converting heat into electricity. This technology could improve the efficiency of some industrial processes and save on greenhouse gas emissions. The study, which was carried out…

Poo to the Rescue: Why we are Giving Faecal Transplants to Koalas?

Can the key to saving a species from extinction be in its faecal matter? However outlandish that question may appear, the answer appears to be a tentative yes. This comes from a study on faecal inoculations published in Animal Microbiome…

Don’t be Afraid of the Wolf at the Door

English and Scotsmen trekked across the Irish Sea in the wake of the Cromwellian wars and plantation of Ireland. To their dismay, the land they had come to was still home to the mystical wolf, a symbol of Irish power…

6 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste

Plastic is both amazing and destructive! It is an extremely versatile material which is used in everything from airplanes to smartphones. The problem is that most plastic items are designed to be used once then thrown away. 8 million metric…

Brewed Awakening: The Science of Espresso

Espresso is the pinnacle of all coffee drinks and is the basis for almost every recipe. In all third-wave coffee shops (shops which use only the highest quality beans), espresso extraction is a precise and consistent process. But before we…

How to Exploit the Sick: Price-Hikes in Medicine

In 2015, Martin Shkreli (AKA ‘pharma bro’) garnered widespread criticism for his role in the price hike of an anti-parasitic medication called Daraprim. With the patent for Daraprim expiring in 2015, it was sold to Shkreli-founded Turing pharmaceuticals. The price…

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spiders… Man: Clearing the Name of the World’s Creepiest Crawly

Of all the animals on Earth, the spider probably has the worst reputation, with about 5% of the global population suffering from arachnophobia. Those who are particularly affected, or the more observant among us, are probably noticing an increase in…

One Cute Killer: The Impact of Cats on Wildlife

Domestic cats are highly motivated and skilled predators. They possess very strong hunting instincts, and will actively hunt and kill prey regardless of how well they are fed. The role they play in the decline and even extinction of many…