Just the GIST: Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Energy in about 2 minutes, where we discover it’s uses throughout history, how it can be used for electricity generation, and how it creates some of the best natural phenomenon on the planet.


The S Word: Talking About Suicide

It is estimated that more than 800,000 individuals die globally each year as a result of suicide and for those aged 15-29 years old, suicide is the second leading worldwide cause of death after road traffic accidents More


The Circles of Focus Project

As a neuroscience student, working with donated bodies has been a hugely beneficial part of my education because, when it comes to anatomy, diagrams just don’t cut it. The history of Scotland’s world-leading anatomists has been well documented, as have the dubious sources of their cadavers . In the 19th century, it was commonplace for … More


theGIST Issue 4 Online!

What can trophy hunting do for conservation? Is basic research worth funding? What is the Universe’s favourite number? … and how do you make a computer become creative? Read it all in theGIST Issue 4


Emmy – Award Winning Mathematician

It was a standard GIST evening. Stacks of cake, cookies and sweet treats, and a brilliant topic of conversation – favourite female scientists. As a mathematician I wanted to talk about someone in my field, and as a long term fan-boy the choice was easy. Let me tell you about Emmy Noether. More


Where General Relativity Meets Quantum Physics: The Bose-Einstein Condensate

Listen to Aidan McFadden and Richard Murchie’s interview with Strathclyde University’s Dr. Oi. Dr. Oi researches Bose Einstein Condensate’s in order to shed light on how gravitation and quantum mechanics interact.


Wild Medicine; The Art of Disease Control in Endangered Species

For the dinosaurs, extinction came in the form of an asteroid strike. For the dodo, it was over-hunting by humans. For the gorillas, might it be the common cold? More


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


Out of Africa

The point in history when our African ancestors looked towards the horizon to begin their journey and search for new land is veiled in mystery. Our knowledge of these events are muddled with different, sometimes contrasting, evidence. Fresh geological findings, however, mean we might be one step closer to understanding the real path and date of the first big trek. More


TEDx GU Aftermath

As promised, in the beginning of the month we attended the 2015 TEDxUniversityofGlasgow conference – how could we have missed it, with so many inspiring ideas to be spread? We stepped in expecting outstanding speakers and we’re happy to report that our expectations were greatly surpassed. We came out with a generous collection of filters … More