Richard Kaskiewicz The history of science is littered with a myriad of debate and controversial studies undertaken to exact scientific progress. Take the theory of evolution, or the heliocentric model of the solar system, as two well-known examples. These theories challenged the societal norm and had stark implications on the nature of humanity. In more … Continue reading Controversial Science Studies
Alice Whitehead Many of the biggest discoveries in the science community have been borne out of the accidents of scientists or development of unrelated technologies. There have been countless examples over the past few centuries. Here we recount, arguably, the ten most important serendipitous discoveries: 10. Corn Flakes Image Credit: https://goo.gl/images/ZQiwuV One day in … Continue reading Accidental Genius: Science in Serendipity
Jamie Hakham From Astrology to Homeopathy, people believe a wide variety of things that have no basis in any concrete science. With the world currently in a furore over ‘fake news’, we thought we’d take an analytical eye over why people believe in bad facts and faulty logic. Pseudoscience takes many forms, and affects practically … Continue reading Pseudoscience – Why Are We So Easily Fooled?
Emily Vincent Most of us have seen the statistics and stereotypes surrounding women studying or working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) fields; it can sometimes seem an inescapable reality that these areas are male-dominated. The obvious male bias in science raises lots of important questions. Image Credit: MaxPixel What are the issues? In … Continue reading Women in STEM: in Sheffield and Beyond
Sophia Akiva On the 23rd June 2016, the public voted for Brexit: Britain’s exit from the European Union, an event which will inevitably affect the careers of scientists both in the UK and the European Union. It is difficult to predict what the long-term outcome of Brexit will be and many of the arguments supporting … Continue reading UK Science After Brexit
Rowan Jaines The concept of evil is often understood to be the polar opposite of being morally good. Marcus Singer referred to the term “evil” as the worst possible term of criticism imaginable. He argued that evil is a human phenomenon since evil deeds must flow from the will to do something evil. In other … Continue reading On Good and Evil
Jonathan James If you cast your mind back to chemistry class at school, you’ll probably remember learning about various types of atomic bonds. Typically, we think about the way atoms bind to one another in a couple of ways – ionic bonding, where oppositely charged ions are held together by electrostatic interactions, and covalent bonding, … Continue reading The Butterfly Molecule