CALUM JACKSON GRANT reviews the new book by Simon Singh, which reveals the hidden mathematics in The Simpsons.
DECLAN ROONEY speaks with DR NOEMIE BOUHANA, lecturer in the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science, on how science is combatting terrorism
What was you educational path into crime science?
I did my undergraduate degree at the Institut d’études politiques in Lyon. I planned to be a journalist but realised that it wasn’t for me after an internship at a newspaper. I spent a year at a college in Pennsylvania to improve my English and that’s where I discovered criminology.
I returned to Lyon to obtain my master’s in political science whilst …
CHRISTINA BOLYCHEVSKY explains why, when it comes to climate change, we need to act fast
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first part of its fifth assessment report (AR5) on 27 September. The report details exactly the solid and terrifying reality of climate change and human impact upon it.
Belligerently scrutinized by 110 governments over 4 days, it represents perhaps the largest and most exhaustive peer-reviewed body of evidence of any scientific study led to date. Unlike the 2007 climate change debates, agreement was evident, “human influence on the …
IZZY STURT explores the darker side of sugar consumption and is left with a bitter aftertaste
It’s everywhere, and it’s addictive. Everyone knows this but no one really takes it seriously. In the world of food groups, fat is the evil substance that must be avoided, whereas sugar is all sweetness and light.
Although it might give you the odd mood swing and anger your dentist, it would never dream of giving you serious health problems. You’d never do that, would you sugar?
However, as obesity continues to increase worldwide, people are starting …
CHRISTINE PARRY explores the accuracy of the science behind Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad is a show that has never been far from conversation in the five years since its inception, but conversation surrounding AMC’s hit TV show reached fever pitch as the series approached its conclusion.
With the final episode watched by a staggering 10.3 billion viewers, Breaking Bad has become a towering platform for showcasing the illegal side of science.
For those that haven’t seen the show and have somehow avoided it, Breaking Bad focuses on Walter White, a middle-aged chemistry teacher …
CHRISTINE PARRY reports on Flavour SenseNation’s exhibitions and why it’s worth keeping an eye out for future events
Christine Parry reports on the horticultural breakthrough of the TomTato fusion plant.
MARKUS PLEIJZIER explains why we shouldn’t be hitting the “like” button on social media.
ALEXANDER BATES reports on a synthetic biology competition that could be a great start to your research career.
Michelle Downes played a video clip of the marshmallow test to a group of teenagers on the UCL outreach programme. A fiery discussion about the modern brain ensued.
The Marshmallow test is a famous psychological test which involves asking 3 year olds to either eat one marshmallow now or wait a few minutes and get two marshmallows; (followed by the sheer entertainment of watching them struggle for up to five minutes). This test helps to explain that the frontal cortex in our brains is responsible for skills such as inhibition, or …