Grunt, Set and Match

Today we will see Maria Sharapova finally step back onto centre court for the Wimbledon Ladies Final. Undeniably a pleasure to watch, the annoyingly loud ‘grunts’ that Sharapova is now famous for are much less pleasing on the ears. Reaching levels of up to 100db, Sharapova’s exhalations can be distracting for both viewer and her […]

Superlab To The Rescue? Maybe not says my honourable friend

King’s Cross is an area of London that could really do with a spring clean and a lick of paint and the recently opened St Pancras Hotel has hoped to do just that. It cannot be denied that this incredible building has brought a new sense of class to the area; however, a £730 million […]

New flu treatment increases immune response

April is not really the correct time of year for the sun to have his hat on with such conviction. Regardless of the month, when the sun does come out to play London seems to transform. People make eye contact with you, smile, laugh openly in the streets, hug strangers and take everything at a […]

Go on then…just one more!

There are those among us, myself included, who explain away their inability to say no to one more drink or one more packet of biscuits by proclaiming that they have an ‘addictive personality’ which somehow makes their lack of self control socially acceptable. Despite using this excuse many times myself, deep down I thought this […]

Rockhoppers at Risk

I must apologise for posting another penguin-themed blog post. However the latest plight of the endangered northern rockhopper penguin has been somewhat overshadowed by the events in Libya and Japan and so I thought they deserved this small piece of attention. On March 16th the MS Olivia ran aground on Nightingale Island which lies to […]

Diamonds could be everyone’s best friend!

Despite what many students may firmly believe, money can’t buy you happiness, right? A lot of money can, however, buy you diamonds and although I’ve never been financially stable enough to test the theory, it seems that diamonds can make women very, very happy indeed. It also seems that the bigger the diamond, the happier […]

R2 is the droid you’ve been looking for

Question: What do mice, dogs, squirrel monkeys, tortoises, oyster toadfish, harvester ants, carpenter bees, turtles, humans, newts, chimpanzees and flour beetles all have in common? Answer: They have all been into space! This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the animals (which also includes ourselves) we have sent into the heavens, and […]

Power napping your way to the top

It wouldn’t be unfair to say that many, if not all, of my business ideas lack any real possibility of becoming a reality. However, earlier this week scientists from Germany and Switzerland have seemingly issued support for my latest get-rich-quick scheme, unbeknownst to them. I am a napper. During periods of intense exam preparation I […]

The State of Science

On Tuesday 25th January, President of the United States Barack Obama will give his second State of the Union Address, fulfilling his constitutional duty: ‘He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.’ The […]