• The ExoMars Missions: Is there life on Mars?

    Why Mars?… On our planet, where there is water, there is life. There is plenty of evidence that liquid water once flowed on Mars. Landforms that could be due to water eroding the landscape are visible, and multiple landers have detected minerals on the surface which usually form in...
  • Is going to Mars actually worth it?

    In recent years there has been a huge focus on space exploration and eventual habitation, but should we focus on leaving our planet, or commit ourselves to saving it? It may sound futuristic, but colonising Mars is an idea that has been around for decades. Elon Musk isn’t the...
  • Who I think is worthy to be on the new £50 note…

    The Bank of England announced that they are redesigning the £50 note, and have asked the British public for which scientist they think should take pride of place on the new print. Here’s who I think is worthy! In the past few years our notes have changed design in...
  • Esme Explains: the Fermi Paradox

    Aliens, probability, physics—it might not sound like the most simple or most interesting of concepts, but the Fermi paradox poses perhaps one of the most existential questions of all time: are we alone in the universe? Although commonly associated to Fermi, the question of probability in relation to extra-terrestrial...
  • iGEM Nottingham

    What is iGEM? The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is a non-profit organisation that encourages advances in synthetic biology by fostering an enthusiasm for up-and-coming scientific research and laboratory techniques in the scientific and non-scientific community alike. The Foundation has been hosting an annual synthetic biology competition since...
  • The Unanswered Case of Arsenic Poisoning

    The World Health Organisation declared the arsenic poisoning of Bangladesh as ‘the largest mass poisoning of a population in history’, so why does no one know about it? With 30.1% of the earth’s freshwater stored within groundwater, the susceptibility of groundwater becoming contaminated by both external pollutants and endogenous...
  • Science in the Park: A festival of Science this weekend

    This year is the 8th anniversary of the British Science Association’s Science in the Park. It is held at Wollaton Hall, welcomed over 7000 attendees last year, and is absolutely free, meaning there is no excuse for students not to pay it a visit on Saturday. To give you...