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 […]

UK to Lead New Moon-Landing Mission

A new British-led initiative, named Lunar Mission One, could see a robotic probe landing on the Moon in just 10 years. The mission, which is partnered with UK based company RAL Space, aims to see a probe land on the Moon’s unexplored South Pole in 2024 and, with the use of revolutionary technology, drill 20-100 […]

UK Supercomputer Shuts down

For the last six and a half years, HECToR (High-End Computing Terascale Resource), the UK’s national supercomputer held at the Univeristy of Edinburgh, Scotland, has enabled researchers from all across the UK to understand the mystery of hydrogen bonds,[1] investigating new green chemical compounds, solve the mystery of a car battery’s current[3], and much more. […]

Spectacular Aurora Borealis in St Andrews!

As many readers will know, on the night of Thursday 27th February the entire UK was treated to an incredible natural spectacle. The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, paid us a visit and lit up our skies in the kind of light show usually reserved only for those living at much higher latitudes. Reports suggest […]

Horizon 2020 UK Funding Call

On February 19, the UK marked the start for new applications for funding from Horizon 2020. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly £67 billion of funding available over the next 7 years. With a focus on scientific excellence in the UK, Horizon 2020 has also put an emphasis on sustainability, […]

Winter Break

Apologies for the long delay since my last post! I’ve been pretty busy travelling for the last couple of months but I’m now safely back in Shanghai, starting up my experiments again and am incredibly happy to be here. The city feels much more like home now that I’ve been away and come back and […]

Countdown to Christmas

Two weeks ’til Christmas, which means just one week until I fly back to the UK to spend a month seeing family and friends and gorging myself on as much British food and fresh air as I can get. It’s been tricky to get into the Christmas spirit here as China is a mostly non-Christian […]

East meets West

Shanghai is the biggest and most international city in China, and with a population which has increased from 15 million to over 23 million in just the past ten years it has naturally attracted a lot of interest from foreign investors. A lot of this investment comes from wealthy banks or private businesses which you […]

Lab Life in Shanghai

It has to be said, there are some significant differences between the labs here in Fudan and the ones you find back in the School of Chemistry, Purdie Building, in St Andrews. I mean, sure, the general equipment is much the same: centrifuges, fume hoods, furnaces etc., they all work exactly as you’d expect and, […]

Life in Shanghai

Hello! I’ve now been living in China for 3 weeks and I already love it here!

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