Nitrogen takes center stage in the Great Oxygenation Event

Altering the known path of evolution?   Research fresh from the University’s own School of Earth and Environmental Science provides fresh insight into a key part of Earth’s evolution. This new take on The Great Oxygenation Event by the team headed by Dr. Aubrey Zerkle is based on new data that fills a 400 million […]

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 […]

Heaven’s Above! Handover interview

Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd site. This month, we see the handover of this section from the current author John Weaver to the new author, Kate Gould. So Kate, tell me a bit about yourself: Well first off, I’m a first year here at St Andrews and like a lot of […]

St Andrews and Harvard publish breakthrough in fibre-optic wound healing

Researchers from the University of St Andrews and Harvard University have jointly published a paper in the journal Nature describing the use of biodegradable fibre-optic devices. These waveguide devices deliver externally-applied light deep into the tissue, allowing the process of photochemical tissue bonding in deeper tissue than previously treated  [1,2]. Photochemical tissue bonding is a technique that […]

New £10m Marine Lab to be Built in St Andrews

The new £10 million marine laboratory planned to replace the internationally renowned but now outdated Gatty Marine Laboratory at the University of St Andrews should secure the University’s status as frontrunners of Marine Conservation Science in the UK. The new facility will provide a global hub for marine research focused on conservation and understanding the effects […]

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 […]

St Andrews Starts Largest Electric Car Club in Scotland

Last week, the University of St Andrews teamed up with Transport Scotland and E-Car to launch the largest electric car club in Scotland (and the first ever in Fife!).   The club is comprised of a fleet of ten electric vehicles (eight Renault ZOE hatchbacks and two Renault Kangoo vans) which can be hired by […]

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 […]

Seals Using Fish Tags in a Dinner Bell Effect

According to a recent study, grey seals are using tracking tags attached to fish in order to find easy prey. This new research from the University of St Andrews’ Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) appears to suggest that seals use the sound produced by these tags like a dinner bell, learning that the sound is […]

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 […]

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