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Heroes of Science: Stephen Hawking

Pioneering theories across both physics and astronomy, Hawking is one of the most acclaimed astrophysicists of all time

Heroes of Science: Lise Meitner

Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1878, Lise Meitner was the third of eight children. During her time at public school Meitner gained a growing interest in physics and maths.By 1901 Meitner had passed her qualifying exams and attended the University … Continued

Heroes in History: Mary Anning

Born into poverty on 21 May 1799, Mary Anning had to work hard from a young age. She didn’t have a formal education and was only taught to read at Sunday school. Raised in the seaside resort of Lyme Regis … Continued

Heroes of Space: Katherine Johnson

“I counted everything. I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed … anything that could be counted, I did.” From a very young age, Katherine Johnson had a … Continued

Heroes of Science: Florence Nightingale

Born into a wealthy middle-class family, Florence Nightingale was expected to grow up to marry and take care of her home, but she had other ideas. From the age of 16, she believed she had a calling from God, telling … Continued

Oscar: Making A Winner

Oscar first graced the award podium on May 16 1929 at the first Academy Awards ceremony. Since it’s debut performance, over 3,000 of the golden statuettes have been placed in the trembling hands of its winners. The current prestigious statuette … Continued

Scientists find Shigella resistant to last resort antibiotic

Shigella is a species of gut bacteria that causes diarrhoea in humans. It’s estimated that around the world the disease infects 80– 165 million, and kills 600,000 people every year. However, in the antibiotic era options to treat it are becoming … Continued

Has spring sprung too soon?

If you are living in the UK currently you might say absolutely not, as snow continues to cause nation wide mayhem. However on a global scale, spring is coming sooner then expected. In a study published in journal Scientific reports … Continued

Battery innovation charges ahead

Most portable electronics, from your iPhone to your MacBook, as well as car batteries, electrical tools, and even medical equipment, are using lithium-ion batteries. Their low maintenance and high density mean that they are perfect for everyday use, but technology has … Continued

The Banana Phone is Back!

Following the success of the Nokia 3310 re-launch last year, Nokia are reviving another classic. From its original release in 1996, the Nokia 8110 has been peeled apart and reformed for the next generation. Its iconic curved banana shape has … Continued

DASH diet could reduce risk of depression

A preliminary study due to be presented to the American Academy of Neurology, has revealed that a diet constructed to help combat high blood pressure, could also reduce the development of depression. A dietary approach to stopping hypertension (DASH) is … Continued

World’s most venomous spiders are long lost cousins

You would not like to find these cousins hanging out in your home. These two groups of dangerous spiders carrying highly venomous toxins found are both found in Australia, and have been considered only distantly related until recently. San Diego State … Continued

We need more bees – and more bee species!

Whether we love them or we’re scared of them, we all know how important bees are to our ecosystem, and we really rely on them. Estimates suggest that a third of the food we consume relies on pollination primarily by … Continued

After you… Meet the robot holding open doors

Meet SpotMini, the four legged robot that is making the rounds on social media because of its chivalrous behaviour. @BostonDynamics Created by Boston Dynamics, these Lassie sized robots weigh around 30kg and can run around from around 90 minutes before needing … Continued

Timeline: The Evolution of Charles Darwin

As the father of evolutionary biology, Charles Robert Darwin is the most famous and influential naturalists of his time, if not of all time. Dedicating his life to the study of the natural world and the processes that drive it, … Continued

Gruesome parasitic wasp discovered in Costa Rica

A new wasp species discovered in Costa Rica has been found to cut its host open from the insides. The Dendrocerus scutellaris is as small as a sesame seed, but don’t let its size fool you – the crafty creepy … Continued

How do cheetahs maintain their balance while they run?

As the fastest land animals this world has to offer, cheetahs have to remain balanced in order to not trip over their own legs. Researchers at the American Museum of Natural History have uncovered it’s a inner ear solution to … Continued