Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Bot? Advances in AI


From Star Trek to I, Robot, sci-fi has always loved artificial intelligence; but smart machines are no longer purely the stuff of fiction. AI is already a part of our daily lives. If you’ve ever had Facebook automatically recognise your face in a photo or browsed your Netflix or Amazon recommendations, then you’ve used a form of AI.

But the potential for this technology goes much further than that.

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Tick Tock: Why is the Doomsday Clock so Close to Midnight?


This time last year, we all moved slightly closer towards the end of the world. That is, according to the Doomsday Clock – a symbolic device designed to reflect the likelihood of humanity’s annihilation at any given time.

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When Disaster Strikes: Exploiting Pioneering Tech in Disaster Zones


This year, we’ve seen a succession of catastrophic natural disasters – from Hurricane Harvey in the US to the devastating earthquakes in Iran and Iraq. Within mere minutes, nature is capable of downing power lines, ravaging transport links, and leaving entire towns completely destroyed. 

So in the hours, days and weeks following a disaster, what can we do to help keep people safe?

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The Crusade Against Nature’s Deadliest Killer


The malaria-carrying anopheles mosquito

The world’s deadliest animal does not possess extraordinary strength. It hasn’t got razor-sharp teeth or piercing vision, or the ability to outwit its prey. In fact, the world’s deadliest animal has none of the attributes we might associate with a ferocious killer. It can be found quietly moving around our houses, sometimes hovering above us in the air at night. Continue reading

Chemistry & Crystals: The Story of Dorothy Hodgkin

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The year was 1932, and Oxford University had just awarded a first-class degree to a woman for only the third time in its history.

The woman in question was Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin: a scientist who would go on to revolutionise biochemistry, leaving behind a legacy that has fundamentally shaped our understanding of living organisms and supported the growth of modern medicine.

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