Monday, July 24, 2017
On 21 September, St Andrews was lucky enough to play host to former NASA astronaut and all-around inspiring guy Duane Carey. Here to speak to both the department of physics and the wider University, Mr Carey was yet another star to add to the list of notable people who have spoken at St Andrews so far this semester. Mr Carey’s...
An interview with Storcade.com founder and 2015 graduate Patrick Hansen
Professor Richard Dawkins, controversial author and evolutionary biologist known for his books The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion, visited St Andrews on 16 September. The event opened the St Andrews Literary Festival, during which he discussed his latest book, A Brief Candle in the Dark, the second volume of his autobiography. The first volume, An Appetite for Wonder,...
Earlier this month, over 3,000 volunteers participated in Surfers Against Sewage’s Autumn Beach Clean at various locations throughout the UK. Over the course of a weekend, they removed nearly 2,000 bags of litter, totalling some 10 tonnes of marine plastics, which are no longer threatening the environment. Surfers against Sewage (not just surfers, not just sewage) arranges beach cleans across...
Bose Shop
Listen up: those white earbuds you got in the box with your iPhone just aren’t cutting it any more. Headphones are no longer judged against the ‘do they play music’ criterion, and it’s not just the sound quality that’s improved - now you can look great while you listen. But picking a new pair of headphones is no easy...
A radical new idea on how humans may have come to exist has been proposed by an American geneticist; he believes that humans are hybrids of chimpanzees and pigs, and no, he isn’t joking. The idea first hit the blogosphere in early July and has received a resurgence of Twitter attention in recent weeks. Dr Eugene McCarthy, formerly of the...

Nuclear numpties

There have been 32 reported “near misses” of American nuclear devices over American soil. Eric Schlosser, the author of a new (five-week-old) book on the topic, Command & Control, believes hundreds more have gone unreported. Have you ever been entrusted with a really big responsibility, like making sure Grandma takes her medication while your parents are on holiday, but you...
It would seem strange for us to try and find common ground with a tuna sandwich, but a recent fossil finding suggests that our deeply rooted evolutionary similarities with bony fish go back much further than previously thought. The study, published in Nature last month by a collaborative team of palaeontologists from China, Sweden and the USA describes a new...
wind farm
Last month the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published their latest report after nearly seven years of scientific research. The report, which is based on contributions from thousands of experts around the world, states that "warming in the climate system is unequivocal" and that the main cause has been human action. This has obvious implications for energy industries. Governments...
curiosity rover
The scientific, and increasingly popular, obsession with researching heavenly bodies may seem extremely puzzling. Here on Earth, we might seem isolated from the universe, the only connection between us and the planets, meteoroids, stars and other cosmic objects being the pretty lights in the sky. However (although I’m sure astrophysicists will tell you that a perk of their job...