3 Million Cubic Metres of Mud to be Dumped on Great Barrier Reef

On December 10, 2013 the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) approved plans for the dredge material from Abbot Point – a coal terminal off the coast of north-east Queensland – to be disposed of in the Marine Park area. Whilst the Australian government and mining companies hope that the expansion of Abbot Point will […]

Star Trek’s “tractor beam” becomes a reality!

The idea of a “tractor beam”, a beam of light used to attract objects to its source, has been a staple in many science fiction movies and TV shows ever since it was first mentioned back in 1928 in E. E. Smith’s story “Skylark of Space”. It has been made the most famous, though, by […]

Study shows striking similarities between human and monkey brain

Still in disbelief that we share a common ancestor with primates? There is less and less room for doubt, now, as scientists announce that we possess a unique region of the brain that is found nowhere else in the animal kingdom, but in primates! Upon analysis of 25 human and macaque brains, scientists had a […]

Local High School Wins RSC ‘Top-of-the-Bench’ Regional Final

Last week, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Tayside Local section held their annual regional final of a national competition aimed at engaging youngsters in chemistry. The Top-of-the-Bench final was held at the School of Chemistry, St Andrews, where aspiring young students answered buzzer-style questions as well as solving complex problems. The RSC established the national annual […]

400 million years ago: mind the scorpions in Scotland!

Often, we find ourselves contemplating life that flourishes on the Earth. From microscopic algae to gigantic blue whales, the diversity and variety of life is ever so intriguing to the curious human nature. A few of us though, do not simply contempt themselves with the life that exists on this present day, but go back millions […]

Flying Robot soon to tackle climate change!

Written by Catherine Parkinson  ‘Climate change’ is a fixation of scientific interest, a point of daily disputes and refutations, and an entity which provides us with often contradictory sets of data. As such the most accurate and up-to-date equipment is required in order to measure and interpret what climate change, if any, is occurring on […]

Volcanic eruption creates new island off Japan

A volcano located approximately 620 miles south of Tokyo has resulted in the formation of a small islet around 650 feet in diameter. The underwater volcano began erupting on Wednesday 20th November and the islet was spotted by the Japanese coastguard shortly after. The islet is located off the coast of Nishinoshima, an uninhabited island in […]

What on Earth happened to Comet ISON?

As astronomy enthusiasts and regular readers of Sci@StAnd will know, Thursday 28th November was a dramatic day for anyone interested in astronomy and solar physics (see our article ‘The Ineffable ISON’ for our commentary at the time). The comet ISON, tipped to become the ‘comet of the century’, made its closest approach to the Sun, […]

The Ineffable Comet ISON

Yesterday, the world watched with bated breath at the comet ISON, touted as ‘comet of the century’, made its closest approach to the Sun. At the so-called ‘perihelion’, the icy ball of rock and gas was set to pass within 1.2 million kilometres (less than 3 solar radii) of the surface of the Sun, but […]

Kepler 78b, another giant leap for mankind?

Astronomers, and amongst them researchers at the University of St Andrews, have – for the first time in history – measured the mass of an Earth-sized planet. The lucky candidate, named Kepler 78b, is an exoplanet situated 400 light years from Earth, and has just been confirmed as the most similar planet to Earth ever […]

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