Ada Lovelace Day

Baroness Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, because that’s too much of a mouthful, was the daughter of Lord Byron. Ada was a great mathematician and the catalyst that kick-started the understanding of the potential of Charles Babbage’s analytical engine. She wrote the first ever computer algorithm and, as … More


A dilemma of mammoth proportions

It is a poignant moment in Jurassic Park, isn’t it? Everyone gathered round the dining table hotly debating the ethics of a theme park filled with resurrected dinosaurs, when Jeff Goldblum‘s character, Dr Ian Malcolm, utters the reason ethics is so important in modern research: “… your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not … More


theGIST Issue 3: read online

Thanks to everyone who helped put this together – we are immensely proud to present to you: theGIST Issue 3.


theGIST @ Explorathon

2500 people arrived at the Glasgow Science Centre to here about the latest European Research as part of Explorathon. theGIST were there to film live videos, record interviews for our podcast and to meet the public. More


Cancer and Heart Disease: are viruses the cure?

Cancer and cardiovascular disease: the deadly duo. Charged with being the most likely causes of death for under 75’s in Scotland, they were responsible for taking 200 lives for every 100,000 people in 2012, according to the General Register Office (Scotland). As such, effective treatments for cancer and cardiovascular disease have become the ultimate targets … More


Insect Inspiration

One of the first things that I saw at the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering (CUE) was a small collection of locusts, not exactly what I was expecting. CUE has a range of different specialities, from biomedical engineering to underwater sonar, but I was there to understand a new project focussed on improving … More


MAGAZINE RELEASE: Get yours at our Intro Events

It’s here. theGIST Magazine Issue 3. We are very proud of our newest publication, crafted with love and build on curiosity by our dedicated team of GISTers. In our third issue, we re-visit a series of captivating issues: the ever important debate of women in science academia with a critical look at the progress and … More


Mary Shelley’s Haber-Bosch Process

With the population ever-growing and resources strained, how will we feed ourselves in the future? This was the foreboding question posed by Dr. Haralampos Miras at the University of Glasgow as he shone a spotlight on the Haber-Bosch process – a longstanding and invaluable industrial technique for producing ammonia – as part of the recent … More


Therapeutic pollution: a different kettle of fish

When chemicals spill out into the world around us, we need to know what consequences they will have. In general, an opinion of “what doesn’t harm is fine” holds – both for ecotoxicological tests, used to determine the adverse effects of contaminants, and in the community overall. Indeed, it is quite intuitive. But what if … More


Henrietta Lacks: An Ordinary Woman with an Extraordinary Story

Henrietta Lacks was born on August 1st 1920, the ninth child in a poor black family of tobacco farmers in Virginia, USA. At the age of 30, Henrietta developed extremely aggressive cervical cancer. During her treatment she unknowingly donated her cancer cells, which are still growing to this day in laboratories worldwide. Henrietta never knew, … More


Mind Games

Apps like Lumosity, Memory Trainer or Brainmetrix all promise to provide more or less the same things: scientifically designed games which lead to better memory, increased intelligence, attention span and problem solving abilities, as well as prevention of neurodegenerative illnesses. Such websites are filled with testimonies of satisfied customers and confident researchers, but the average … More


Years of Living Dangerously, episode 1: A review of the celebrity documentary taking on climate change

From the people behind Terminator and Titanic, starring Matt Damon, Jessica Alba and Indiana Jones, this summer’s most intense thriller – a story of heartbreak, wildfire and political corruption: Climate Change. People don’t listen to scientists. This has to be the conclusion when after years of the scientific community reporting, almost entirely unanimously, on the … More