• International Space Station viewed with the Earth i the background

    “It’s All About The Sauce” — What Happens On The International Space Station?

    Philippa Smith Tears held together by surface tension, zero-G tortillas, Star Trek cosplays — the International Space Station (ISS) has produced a plethora of entertaining and informing content about life in space since its launch in November 1998. A quick Google search brings up thousands of results about how...
  • Twin Sentinels Watching Over the Earth

    Sarvenaz Hosseini Meet Sentinel-2a and Sentinel-2B. They are twin satellites operating simultaneously while positioned half-a-world away from each other. Weighing in at 1.2 tonnes each, they orbit our planet together. Sarvenaz explains some of the applications of these amazing satellites. The Sentinel-2 satellites constantly take photos of the planet....
  • A Brief History of Space Exploration

    Christina Giallombardo Humans have always looked to the stars and dreamed of exploring the unknown. The development of rocket technology during the mid-20th century allowed us to do just that. In this article, Christina charts our history of space exploration. Following the end of WW2, the two superpowers of...
  • Life on…Venus?

    Philippa Flanagan-Smith Few ideas in science have captured humanity’s imagination quite like the prospect of life outside of our own fragile sphere. The regular suspects come up time and time again—Mars, Europa, Titan, even distant Pluto—all boasting water ice or, even more tantalising, liquid water. Philippa Flanagan-Smith investigates a...
  • DNA in a puzzle

    Centenary of the Birth of Rosalind Franklin: the backbone of DNA’s double helix

    In biology class you will have heard of Watson and Crick. But Rosalind Franklin often remains a scientist less mentioned and less recognised. In this article, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Rosalind’s birth, Gwennan Ward looks back on the life of a brilliant, and all too short life. On...
  • Space Mining and Lunar Bases

    Space, stars, satellites, shuttles. So many of us share these fascinations, including Impact writer Rian Patel. We stare up into the skies and wonder about our continual exploration of space. Recently, we have marvelled at SpaceX satellites as they dance and travel through our night skies, but there is...
  • Proportion of Chemsitry professors in the UK who are female

    Equality And Diversity Crisis In Chemistry

    On the 4th of June 2020, a highly respected chemistry journal published an ‘offensive and misguided’ opinion piece claiming efforts to improve ‘diversity of the workforce’ were resulting in ‘discrimination against the most meritorious candidates’....