Science

Frog tongues’ sticky properties

When mechanical engineering PhD student Alexis Noel and her supervisor David Hu watched a viral YouTube video of a frog playing the smartphone game ‘Ant Smasher’, Noel was struck with inspiration for a research project. Combining her love of the...

Vaccinating against falsehood to revive fact

“Denzel Washington and Pope Francis endorse Donald Trump”; “Leaving the EU would lead to a 350 million pound bonus for the NHS”. Which of these was real? Both were proven to be fake. But at the time the stories broke, many people...

Scepticism of science explained

Scepticism of science is on the rise, and influential people are touting personal beliefs and unfounded claims as fact. Using interviews and meta-analysis of existing research on science scepticism, psychologists are getting to the bottom of why we...

Women in science: is sexism still a problem?

Peer review is the stringent process by which scientists check each other’s work. Within two of the most prestigious scientific journals, Science and Nature, women make up just 26 per cent of first authors in submitted research papers, and just 20...

50 years of methadone treatment

Fifty years ago, America was gripped by a heroin crisis. Addiction had risen rapidly after the second world war, and centred on New York City, where approximately half of the country’s heroin addicts lived. Desperate for a solution, Rockefeller...

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