The Dark Side of Polling: a pseudo-review of “Proofiness” by Charles Seife

            Polling is one of the most used ways to gauge the feelings or opinions of a large group of people. It’s been used for centuries. According to the book Proofiness, by Charles Seife, the first polling, or at least first political polling “was conducted by the Pennsylvanian, a Harrisburg newspaper, in July 1824” (93). […]

Being Mindful About Meditation

Content Warning: Please note this article contains discussions about mental health. While we take every care to ensure accuracy within our articles, the author isn’t a licensed medical professional. Feeling like nothing’s changed after the harsh reality of exam season and the ‘most depressing month of the year’? You may be considering meditation as a […]

The Voices Behind Science – Isabelle Coales

I had a chat with Isabelle Coales, a third year PhD student at Imperial College London (ICL). Her work uses metabolomics (large-scale study of the metabolic products of cells) and transcriptomics (the study of the RNA transcripts that are produced from DNA and encode proteins) to investigate sex differences in myeloid cells. Other cells she […]

Cheap as Chips? Looking at Dame Sally Davies’ obesity report

Why Dame Sally Davies’ suggestions won’t satiate our public health crisis Amongst the political drama of Brexit, a barely functioning government, resurgence in climate change activism and a dozen other issues that I can’t list, a new government report about how to curtail childhood obesity will likely not have made your radar. In these turbulent […]

Could Alzheimer’s disease be prevented with a vaccine?

A vaccine could be designed to cause the body’s own immune system to recognise and target the protein aggregates thought to underlie the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Such approaches have been developed but all failed in high profile clinical trials. Why have these promising approaches not yet been successful?

Increasing funding for grammar schools won’t help disadvantaged students

Private tutoring means pupils from high-income families are more likely to get into grammar schools than equally bright pupils from low-income families.