• CT image of a fish showing it's skeleton. A smaller creature (green) is shown within its stomach cavity

    What Does It Take To Live At The Bottom Of The Ocean?

    Nila Varman The ocean, despite its size and resourcefulness, remains a mystery to humankind. It’s hard to fathom that only around 5% percent of our oceans have been explored and charted, leaving around 95% of it unexplored and unfamiliar. Initially perceived to be devoid of life forms, the pitch-dark,...
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    The Reintroduction Of Beavers In Nottingham

    Daria Paterek Since the government announced a five-year trial to reintroduce beavers into the wild, more areas within England have been getting involved. Almost 400 years after beaver extinction in the UK, the government has realised the advantages of beavers within our ecosystem and committed plans to reintroduce them....
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    Alan Turing: Profile of a Genius Codebreaker

    Christina Giallombardo Alan Mathison Turing’s life was one filled with genius, innovation and secrets, all of which culminated in an untimely and tragic death. Turing was a mathematician, seen as the founding father of computers with his invention of ‘Turing Machines’. He was also gay at a time when...
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    Systemic Inequalities and Insufficient Samples: A Dissection of Queerness in STEM

    Philippa Flanagan-Smith In the US and Europe, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions have always been dominated by white, cisgender men, usually from middle- and upper-class backgrounds. Despite pushes to broaden access to these fields, with schemes often targeting women, people from working-class backgrounds, and people from marginalised...
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    What Is Love, Scientifically Speaking?

    Megan Cuerden Love: an intense feeling of deep affection. We’ve all felt it; requited, unrequited, the first time you saw Harry Styles on X-Factor and never looked back. Love, like all emotions, can be stripped back right to the root cause: chemicals. Scientists generally split love into three emotions:...
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    Making Neuroscience Accessible

    Lucy Woodward How does my brain work? How am I even thinking? What on earth is going on inside my head? These are all questions that neuroscience, an interdisciplinary science that studies the nervous system and brain activity, is intent on getting to the bottom of. In the last...
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    COVID-19 Variants

    Maria Stuart There has been plenty of talk about new variants of the coronavirus. Maria Stuart explains what we know so far about some of the emerging variants and the effect that they are likely to have. What is a variant? Viruses are constantly changing and mutating. Small variations...