LightPath: Award Winning St Andrews Research

A group of researchers at the University of St Andrews School of Physics & Astronomy have recently developed a potentially globally useful product consisting only of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and optical fibres. The team, working under the company name PhotoSynergy, have invented LightPath: a rope of side emitting optical fibres which creates a continuous and flexible light […]

Haven’t the Foggiest

Georgina Glaser gives us an insight into the ‘Voice of Young Science’ (VoYS) network, and their latest weather-based quiz: Haven’t the foggiest.  Being in the early stage of your research career can sometimes feel daunting, and it is not uncommon to feel as if you cannot get your thoughts and opinions across. Even if you […]

Dogs in Dementia Research

In 1907, Dr Alois Alzheimer scientifically recorded dementia for the first time when he noticed rapid memory loss accompanied by a disillusioned thoughts and hallucinations in his patient. [1] Since then, a significant amount of research has been performed, but dementia today is still defined in more or less the same way: as a deterioration […]

Can Mathematics Fight Crime?

Mathematics is providing a helping hand to police forces fighting crime and the results are looking good. PredPol is a company that markets predictive policing software to cities including Atlanta and Tacoma, Washington in the USA. The co-founders, Dr. Jeffrey Brantinham and Dr. George Mohler, were part of a team that published a paper in October […]

Synesthesia: Ballet of the Senses

Synesthesia (from the Greek words syn, meaning together, and aesthesis, meaning sensation) is a neurological condition that causes perceptual mixing of the senses. People affected – called synesthetes – receive a signal from a particular sensory or cognitive pathway (e.g. hearing) and simultaneously experience involuntary stimulation of another modality (e.g. vision) [1]. Synesthesia is both involuntary and elicited, […]

Mouth-Watering Mathematics

During summer I came across some projects that I instantly loved because they combine two passions of mine – mathematics and food! Multivariate Beer was my first discovery.[1] Dr Nathan Yau is a writer on FlowingData, a website that “explores how statisticians, designers, data scientists and others use analysis, visualisation and exploration to understand data […]

Leap Forward in Neural Research of Alcoholism

With the passing of Fresher’s Week and the eager awaiting of Raisin weekend, I think we have all realised that the student life usually involves a bit of alcohol here and there. But what differentiates a bit from a lot, and the student life from that of an alcoholic? Alcohol dependence, or alcoholism, according to […]

Internships: Playing with the Octopus

Mabel Barclay has now been working at the National Marine Aquarium for two months and is back to update us on her internship! Check out her first post here. It’s been a very busy two months at the National Marine Aquarium (NMA). Day to day I work 8 am until 4 pm, five days a […]

Warm blood gives sharks and tunas superspeed

Although shark movies like Jaws and Sharknado 1, 2, 3 (the list goes on…) may portray sharks in an unrealistically menacing light, they are correct in that sharks are fast. Real fast. But the sharks (known scientifically as elasmobranchs, part of the cartilaginous fish group – which means their skeletons are made of tough, flexible […]

The Solar Eclipse: What you should know

This month, our skies will be graced with a rather uncommon phenomena – a solar eclipse. Put in the simplest terms, this event occurs when the moon is seen to pass in front of the sun. This produces the spectacular effect of darkening what would otherwise be a bright day. Ancient civilisations, and a startling […]

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