This Week in Science History: Feb 27th – Mar 5th

Do you know when humans first landed a probe on a different planet? What about when the National Academy of Sciences was founded? Take a walk back in time with us to find out! February 27th: The medical scientist Charles Herbert Best was born on this date in 1899. Best was a recent graduate of the University […]

Bone tissue generation: A truly marrowing Summer

This Summer, I was lucky enough to be asked to be part of a research team at Glasgow University, looking into an alternative and less invasive source of bone grafts. As is well known, spinal injuries and conditions related to aging are becoming a huge problem in today’s society, with the steep rise of life expectancy […]

Nobel Prizes 2015

  How would you react if a stranger phoned you up in the middle of the night? Most people probably wouldn’t be too impressed. But for some scientists this week, being woken up in the middle of the night by a mysterious caller from Sweden could have been the highlight of their careers. That’s right, […]

Tiny Robots Could Suck Carbon Dioxide from the Oceans

Tiny machines, smaller than the width of a single human hair, have been designed at the University of California, San Diego, that could be used to rid the oceans of carbon dioxide pollution, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. The team of researchers, led by distinguished nanoengineering professor and chair Joseph Wang, have […]

Chemists Call for End to Chemical Warfare

On 22 April 1915, the nature of warfare was forever changed by the use of 150 tonnes of lethal chlorine gas by German forces against two French colonial divisions in Ypres, Belgium, during World War I. A century on from this first, large-scale use of chemical weapons of mass destruction, the Organisation for the Prohibition […]

Reasons for Research in Industry

In an academic research setting, projects are run to increase and develop understanding of specific areas of interest. In an industrial research setting, while some areas are looked into for understanding and interest, it is still a profit driven environment, dictated by the market and the laws which govern it. In some of my earlier […]

Feeling Homesick

I am officially 7 months into my placement and this past month has been an absolute whirlwind for me, but brilliantly so. Firstly, I entered the race for School President of Chemistry and had to juggle campaigning around my work at DuPont Teijin Films (DTF), distance learning for the university and helping a friend out […]

How to have your cake and eat it too

Disregard what some of the less-reputable bits of the media are trying to tell you – climate change is real and it is caused by humans. The problem of global warming is only going to get worse as the BRIC countries (Brazil, India and China) continue their ascendency, elevating more people than ever to the resource-hungry middle classes. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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