Science after Brexit: the end of UK science?

From the invention of logarithms by St Andrews graduate John Napier in 1614 to more recent successes such as the Nobel Prize-winning isolation of graphene by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov at the University of Manchester in 2012, the United Kingdom has been a world leader in scientific research for over half a millennium. Despite […]

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 […]

Alms of the vein: are anti-ageing efforts a possibility?

Anti-ageing: a problem caused by ever improving medical resources and health care, and the reason for an older population. As such, combating this is a goal that we are constantly striving to achieve. There are constant efforts to find a cure for the effects aging has on the bodily systems, and millions are spent to […]

I Can’t Believe My Eyes: Life With Bonnet Syndrome

Hallucinations, therefore moments of perception of stimuli that are not present at the given situation, can have multiple causes. From use of addictive substances such as hallucinogens or other psychoactive substances across hypnotic suggestions to extreme physical or mental exhaustion of an organism, experienced for example by endurance racers or ultra-marathon runners. In all cases, […]

Halloween Science: Glow-in-the-Dark Ghouls

Are you afraid of the dark? If you venture outside on Halloween night you’re bound to run into all sorts of ghouls and skeletons glowing out of the darkness. Thankfully, as you get closer, you’ll be able to see that these creepy spirits are just kids (or inebriated adults) dressed up for their annual trick-or-treating. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Revealing the first years of baby sea turtles

The first few years of a loggerhead sea turtle’s life are one of the most mysterious and unobserved events in marine biology. Scientists have called these the “lost years” and only after a painstaking collation of multiple pieces of evidence were they beginning to piece together this sea turtle jigsaw puzzle. Ship observations, brick-sized satellite tags […]

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 […]

Preparing for Take Off

Katie prepares herself for her relocation to Shanghai.

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