The GIST: Issue 1

We here at The GIST have been hard at work for the past several months, and are now proud to finally present to you the first issue of The GIST magazine.


In it you will find articles on a wide range of scientifically-flavoured topics, from the science behind the (definitely impending) zombie apocalypse to an incredibly important discovery made by an observant Victorian gentleman and his horse. We have a deliberately Glaswegian bias, focusing on the world-class research being carried out in the Greater Glasgow area. We also go as far afield as India to report on their world-leading wind energy sector and lay bare the pseudo-science behind ‘Energy Armor™’ (coming to a leisure centre near you soon).

We’ve already begun distributing copies throughout local universities, museums and across the city, but if you can’t wait to get your hands on one, you can read it below or download your copy now.

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The Dark Web

What do you do if you want drugs, hitmen, weapons or fake passports? Search the internet, of course! But a regular ol’ search engine isn’t going to be much help, especially as you’re probably being watched. So even if you do manage to order some nefarious goods, you will probably get caught. Now, we’re certainly … More


Drugs Regulation: should Scotland lead the Neuroscientific Enlightenment?

As part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2015’s Brainwaves mini-festival and the British Neuroscience Association’s Festival of Neuroscience, controversial former UK Government advisor Prof David Nutt of Imperial College London will discuss the ways he believes a radical policy rethink could transform the classification of drugs and alcohol and their impact on our society … More


Big Bang Bash Science Party

If you ever wondered what happens at a scientific night out, this is your chance to find out. Edinburgh Science Festival presents Big Bang Bash, an out-of-this-world party and Full Spectrum, our first club night. In association with the National Museum of Scotland we give you a space-themed party Big Bang Bash - Friday, 10 April … More


The foreign within

A recent study, published in Genome Biology, claims to have found at least 145 ‘foreign’ genes in human DNA . In order to detect these ‘intruders’, a team of scientists scanned human DNA for segments with close resemblance to genes of non-animals (such as fungi or bacteria), but not genes found in other animals. Additionally, … More


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