Philae’s Last Gasp

Although the Philae lander may have fallen silent, the Rosetta mission continues and the analysis of the data the lander managed to send back has only just begun. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of Rosetta or Philae, you can find our previous articles with more information on Rosetta and Philae […]

Keeping a Cool Head: Dinosaur Noses Aided in Cooling Down Brains

A combination of palaeontology, engineering and computer simulation has allowed researchers, for the very first time, to reimagine how air travelled through the nasal passages of dinosaurs. The research team, led by Professor Lawrence Witmer and doctoral student Jason Bourke of Ohio University, USA, has revolutionised the ability to analyse soft tissue within the nasal cavities […]

UK to Lead New Moon-Landing Mission

A new British-led initiative, named Lunar Mission One, could see a robotic probe landing on the Moon in just 10 years. The mission, which is partnered with UK based company RAL Space, aims to see a probe land on the Moon’s unexplored South Pole in 2024 and, with the use of revolutionary technology, drill 20-100 […]

New Battery ‘Armour’ Could Prevent Injuries

A new coating developed by research teams at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US could prevent thousands of injuries caused by young children swallowing cell batteries. Between 2000 and 2013 there were a total of 43,700 US hospital admissions due to battery ingestion, of which 65% were children under the […]

The Final Fate of Philae

On November 12 2014, the Rosetta probe made history by dropping the Philae lander onto comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, marking the first time in history that humanity has successfully landed a robotic emissary on a comet. This was the culmination of over a decade of work and the efforts of thousands of people, and is one of […]

University Supports Women in Science

In October 2013, Sci@StAnd reported that the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews was presented with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.[1] Now the School of Chemistry has become the first school in the University to successfully attain the Silver Award. In addition, two more schools across the University are supporting women in science, the School of […]

China and US Reach Historic Climate Change Agreement

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have both set new climate change goals for their countries after they met in Beijing earlier this week. The two countries are currently the highest contributors to greenhouse gases and combined produce about 45% of the world’s carbon dioxide.[1] Barack Obama has set a goal for […]

Breakthrough for Communicating with Dementia Patients

New dementia research from the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews has given new insights into communicating with patients suffering from this pathology.[1] The research suggests that non-verbal communication methods may aid both patients and carers in forming and maintaining emotional connections. The research team, led by Dr Maggie Ellis […]

Rosetta: To Catch A Comet

Have you ever wondered what a comet is made of? The scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) have, and to answer their question they devised one of the boldest space missions ever attempted: Rosetta. The idea of this mission is simple: to catch a comet, and to drop a probe down onto its surface. […]

Revolutionary ‘Dead Heart’ Transplants Performed

Within the last few months, three “dead” hearts have been transplanted into patients for the first time in medical history by a team of surgeons at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia. Two of the patients have made a full recovery and the third is currently under observation. [1] The first ever human heart transplant […]

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