TRAPPIST-1: Could This Newfound Star System Hold Alien Life?

Josh Bason On February 20th 2017, NASA announced a press conference to discuss a “discovery beyond our solar system”. Two days later they revealed the TRAPPIST-1 system; a series of seven earth-size planets orbiting a star 39 light years from Earth. The announcement of this discovery and the discussion that followed has circled one tantalising … Continue reading TRAPPIST-1: Could This Newfound Star System Hold Alien Life?

Male Contraceptive Injection Shows Promise

Josh Bason Since it was first introduced in 1961, the contraceptive pill has provided an effective family planning solution for millions of couples across the world. Yet to this day, a similar hormonal solution for male contraception has been elusive. A recent clinical trial, however, seems to move us much closer to a breakthrough. Image … Continue reading Male Contraceptive Injection Shows Promise

Feeling Spaced Out: The Body in Orbit

Josh Bason On November 2nd 2000 the first crew arrived at the fledgling International Space Station. In doing so they began a 16-year human presence in Earth orbit which continues to this day. While this is a massive achievement for humanity, we shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that the many difficulties of long-term human space … Continue reading Feeling Spaced Out: The Body in Orbit

Antibody Treatment Offers Alzheimer’s Advance

Josh Bason So, another week and another Alzheimer’s breakthrough is gracing the headlines of the papers. The research in question was issued in Nature last week with the title of “The antibody aducanumab reduces Aβ plaques in Alzheimer’s disease”. The paper, a formal write-up of lab work and clinical trials, describes startling results of a … Continue reading Antibody Treatment Offers Alzheimer’s Advance