Science

Sparking stomachs: batteries from bacteria

Electricity generating bacteria are not a new discovery. They have previously been known to exist in hard to reach places such as at the bottom of lakes and mines. Given that we already knew such bacteria existed, what makes it newsworthy?...

Why are we still using plastic?

Plastic seems to be the big issue of 2018. With supermarkets charging for plastic bags and calls for reduced plastic use in food packaging, it appears that the biggest changes can be made by supermarkets and industries. But what damage is all this...

Have you heard about the Facebook hack?

If you’re like me, or 90 million other unfortunate people—including Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg—you might have noticed your Facebook being mysteriously logged out of when you opened it on Friday morning. It prompted many to change...

The beauty of the praying mantis

Give a mantis a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a mantis to fish, and you’ll realise this clever hunter has already figured it out. A video from India released this week shows a wild mantis fishing for guppies in a manmade pond. The...

The ecstatic octopus

Looking back, there are many examples of scientists giving recreational drugs to animals. Usually, these have consisted of giving a psychedelic drug (such as LSD) to a subject, be it cat, rat, dog, dolphin, fish, or elephant. The aim of these...

Look after your goldfish, people

Undoubtedly, one of the coolest things about getting to university is that you truly find your independence. You can finally do all of those things you’ve dreamed of doing, and for some people, this might be owning their first pet. But a pet can...

The Student Newspaper 2016