Science

Errors in science reporting

Pitiful science reporting is wrong: astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA is not 7 per cent different from that of his identical twin. Multiple articles asserted this, although it is basically impossible, as humans share around 99.9 per cent of our DNA with...

How to feed 10 billion mouths: preparing for 2050

In about 30 years, the world’s population will have increased by nearly half. Expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, the rising number will continue to put pressure on the demand for food. At the same time, there has been an increasing loss of...

Fake news: more than just a punchline

The term ‘fake news’ is bandied about a lot these days and is largely used as a joke. Despite this flippant use of the term, however, the fact remains that there is a plethora of misinformation on the internet. In addition to this, all too many...

Novichok: how does the deadly nerve agent work?

On the 22 March, detective sergeant Nick Bailey was discharged from hospital following exposure to Novichok in the Salisbury attack. Sgt Bailey had been seriously ill after responding to the already infamous assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal...

Taking a stand against standing desks

We live in an age of “wellness.” This trend has come to permeate nearly all aspects of our lives, particularly the workplace. In this way, many large corporations, eager to demonstrate their altruistic zeal, have made great efforts to ensure the...

How vitamin D might save your life

If your childhood was anything like mine, you may have found yourself being fed multi-vitamin tablets or the dreaded spoon of cod liver oil by well-meaning adults. We all know that vitamins are beneficial, but there is growing evidence to suggest...

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