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The Tale of The Male Contraceptive

After 80 years of research into male contraceptives, the prospect of a viable alternative to condoms and vasectomies is finally on the horizon. Why has it taken so long? And was the wait really necessary? Sceptics argue that further birth…

Tide Pods: Food Or Foe?

2017 was a wild year for all of us. One special example of this is the phenomenon that swept the internet around December, called the ‘Tide Pod Challenge’. This was a meme which spread, particularly around teenagers, who, to various…

The Bee’s Needs

A green, manicured lawn is lauded as the mark of a well kept garden. The desired aesthetic of open golf courses, sports pitches and posh gardens formed by planting turfgrass is now quite typical of homes, businesses and even roadsides….

The Science of A Shorter Workday

The 8-hour work-day was bitterly won. The history of its development has been a tug of war between the anxiety of bosses eager to get the maximum profit out of their employees and the indignation of workers subjected to inhuman…

Sleeping With The Fishes

Everyone does it. Everyone suffers if we don’t do it. Sleeping. We spend a whole third of our lives sleeping (or we’re supposed to) and yet… we don’t understand it. Getting a proper amount of shut-eye is essential for normal…

Extinction Notice: A Mourning Cry For a Horny Guy

On the 19th of March, in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, the last male northern white rhinoceros on the planet, Sudan, went to the great savannah in the sky. The equivalent of 90 years old in human years, Sudan…

Tech In Review: Huawei P Smart

I began using the Huawei P Smart phone about a month ago. I have really enjoyed using it and it has many useful and exciting features, which you get to read about! To start, the design of the P Smart…

Stephen Hawking Remembered

In the early hours of March 14th, somewhere in a quiet corner of Cambridge, a very bright star went out. Aged 76, more than half a century longer than doctors expected him to live, Stephen William Hawking died peacefully in…

CRISPR-Cas: A Cure We’re Not Ready For?

On the 1st of June 2017, the gene-editing molecular hardware of CRISPR was used for the first time on a human patient. This was a massive breakthrough for the theoretical and practical study of human genetics, but it also raises…

Spring Has Sprung!

Across the country, we are seeing ‘signs of spring’. The first blooms of snowdrops and blackthorn flowers; hazel, horse-chestnut and alder trees forming tiny blossoms and fluffy catkins; frogspawn in sheltered ponds and grey herons with bright orange beaks near…

Lab Grown Love: A Study In Intimacy

In the late 1990s, Professor Arthur Aron of Stony Brook University faced a dilemma. He wanted to study love. A psychologist fascinated with human intimacy, he was facing a serious roadblock – how do you compare two relationships? One pair…

How to Hack Your Habit

It is the beginning of February, and chances are most people have given up on g their New Year’s Resolutions. Every year it happens. Why is it so difficult to build a new habit? Well, first we need to define…