• How to avoid being absintheminded when drinking

    So, alcohol. Despite the amount we consume, we pretend to our parents that we have never even seen a bottle of alcohol in our first few weeks of university, and profess to them our hatred of vodka, one of the vilest liquids known to man, alcohol plays an important...
  • Déjà Vu? The Ethics of Facial Recognition

    In Fresher’s week, you will meet thousands of faces you’ve never seen before. A fundamentally cosmopolitan institution, these faces will come from all around the world, and you likely won’t recognise a single one. A few may ring a bell, make you do a double take. A couple you...
  • The News You’ve Been Itching to Know…Why Do We Itch?

    What is itching? The first definition of itching was proposed in 1660 by someone called Samuel Haffenreffer as an unpleasant desire to itch. Approximately 280 million people globally have problems with itching. But why do we itch? Strangely enough itching and pain both share the same common pathways, although you...
  • University of Nottingham Students Sniffing for Success

    A group of undergraduate students from the University of Nottingham are working to develop a new detection system that can “sniff out” when food packaging and preservation methods fail and allow the growth of dangerous botulinum bacteria. These bacteria can cause a type of food poisoning which may result...
  • The Amazon is on Fire – Why This Matters

    The lungs of the Earth are burning. To the surprise of many, they always have been. NASA reports that, this year, the total fire activity across ‘the Amazon basin … has been close to the average in comparison to the past 15 years’. People, now, remarkably, seem to be...
  • A Shout-out to the x

    Us Brits have our oddities. We irrationally enjoy queuing, apologising and discussing the weather. We have mastered sarcasm, the deadpan, passive aggression, acceptance at fear of offence, the stiff upper lip, smutty humour and commenting “not bad” when in the affirmative. You can count on us for the perfect...
  • A Dummies Guide To… How Too Much Sun Can Lead to Skin Cancer, and How to Prevent It.

    When summer comes around many cannot wait to bask in the sun and get a tan, yet few know why their skin tans and the dangers that accompany doing so. When your skin tans, it is the body’s natural defence mechanism’s way to attempt to protect your body from...