• The One Pence per Garment Charge Aiming to Reverse the Dangers of Fast Fashion

    In the age of fast fashion and throwaway trends, MPs have proposed that manufacturers should be charged 1p per item of clothing that they make. With high street brands like Primark, New Look and H&M churning out new styles at a rapid rate and cheap sales no longer reserved...
  • Impact Investigates Food Production: Nitrates in Bacon and Ham Production

    Following scientific intervention and political influence in a campaign, companies producing meats such as bacon and ham have been asked to reduce or entirely remove nitrites from the meats they produce. What are nitrites? Nitrites or nitrates (NO2 or NO3) are formally known as by-product of ammonia oxidation (where...
  • Animal Sentience or Just Plain Nonsense?

    The government’s recent decision to scrap the EU law that non-human animals are sentient beings is a controversial one, to say the least. In the interest of clarity, the government have neither explicitly denied nor supported the EU law. But this has led many to question whether this leaves...
  • 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...
  • Impact Investigates: Do students agree with animal testing?

    Animal testing is a topic often up for debate in the UK, due to the controversial ethics that surround the area. The subject of animal testing can be split into two different areas: the use for cosmetic/household products, and for clinical drug trials and medical advancements. In the UK,...
  • Scrolling Syndrome

    Having occasional doubts, insecurities and anxieties is completely natural. It’s inevitable that we don’t always feel 100% good about ourselves all of the time: that’s what makes us human. However, your daily scrolling through Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and more could actually be magnifying these problems. One drastic thing...
  • E-cigarettes: the latest in a wealth of conflicting advice

    E-cigarettes are used by people who smoke, either as an aide to quit or as a direct replacement for traditional cigarettes. It is a long held belief by those who use e-cigarettes that, since they do not have the tar and many other harmful substances held in them present in...