Breaking News: NASA Antares Rocket Explodes on Takeoff

Last night, on the 28th October 2014 at 22:22 UTC, the latest NASA Antares rocket exploded on takeoff from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Being described as a ‘catastrophic anomaly’ by NASA, the cause of the failure is not yet known. It was an unmanned mission and reports indicate there were no casualties despite […]

EU Leaders Agree on Landmark Emissions Cuts

After heated discussions at the Brussels summit last week, EU leaders have reached a landmark decision to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 % by 2030. An agreement has also been reached that the use of renewable energy should be boosted to 27 % within the total energy mix and that energy efficiency must be increased […]

New Insights into Treatment Methods for Dyslexia

New research from the University of Oxford and the University of Barcelona has revealed profound differences in the way dyslexics distribute their attention resources.[1] This may pave the way for new dyslexic teaching methods, which aim to understand the underlying mechanisms to improve the literacy skills of sufferers. Their research has suggested that video games that test the speed […]

To See or Not to See: Birds Build Camouflaged Nests

A new paper published this month by researchers in the School of Biology at the University of St Andrews provides the first experimental evidence to support the long-held belief that birds actively choose nesting material to camouflage their nests.[1] The research team used captive bred male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) to test whether, given a […]

Graceful DNA: Where Science Meets Art

Art lovers and mad scientists, gather… The University of St Andrews will be holding a unique art exhibition at the School of Chemistry, starting on Thursday 23rd October, ongoing until Friday 21st November, open every weekday 9 am til 5 pm. Led by artist Sophie McKay Knight and the School of Chemistry, “Molecular Self” will […]

Heavy on Charm: LHC Announces New Meson

  Particle physics has some of the best names in science. From the strange to the charm, the quark to the squark, particle physicists are known to give new particles some real quirky monikers. Now, in two papers recently accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters and Physical Review D, CERN researchers working at the […]

World’s largest marine reserve created in the Pacific

Barack Obama declared on September 25th the expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument -created in 2009 by his predecessor Gorge W. Bush – to 490,000 sq. miles or six times its original size, thus officially becoming the largest marine wildlife reserve worldwide. A huge victory for conservation advocates, less so for commercial […]

Nobel Prize 2014 Awards

Often controversial, sometimes criticised but always surprising, it’s that time of year again – Nobel Prize week! This week, the Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine, Physics and Chemistry have been awarded (as well as Literature and Peace). Here’s Sci@StAnd’s look at the science winners and their achievements that won them the most coveted prize […]

A Cloudy Start to Life

A recent press release from the School of Physics and Astronomy here in St Andrews has revealed that clouds in the atmospheres of alien worlds could be seeding the precursors of new life. The research, soon to be published in the International Journal of Astrobiology, was carried out by Dr Craig Stark and colleagues who have been […]

The First of Four Blood Moons…

  As many of you may know, early on Tuesday morning, stargazers in America and the Pacific were blessed with a rare celestial event – a blood moon, or total lunar eclipse. The first of a lunar tetrad – four consecutive total lunar eclipses, each separated by six lunar months. The next are due to […]

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