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


‘Potential Difference’, an exhibition about Women in Science

I’m a PhD student in Biology at the University of Edinburgh and I’m really enjoying it, so I’d like to stay in academia. However, it appears to be harder for women to stay in academia – or at least as figure 3 shows many of them drop out! The reasons for this have been explored … More


Mitochondrial donation – prevention for mitochondrial diseases

A change in UK law will soon allow Mitochondrial Donation – Michaela Mrschtik discusses the background of the technique that could change the lives of families affected by mitochondrial disease. More


Power Up Your Ideas Factory with Edinburgh International Science Festival

In 2015 Edinburgh International Science Festival transforms into The Ideas Factory – a hub for information, ideas and innovation. Audiences are invited to get their thinking caps on as big ideas transform the halls, galleries, theatres and gardens of Edinburgh from 4 – 19 April. In 2015 the Science Festival focuses on big ideas and … More


The Evolution of Nanotechnology

In 1959, Nobel Prize winning physicist Professor Richard Feynman gave a lecture titled “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom”. In this lecture he outlined the possibility for a new scientific field, which we have come to know as “nanotechnology”. More


theGIST at #TEDxGU

You probably already know how much we love going out and reporting on everything science and tech-y happening in Glasgow and its surroundings. This weekend is no exception: we will be out and about again, at the University of Glasgow TEDx conference. The Glasgow TEDx story started last year, with the conference taking place on … More


Pastry sheds new light on mass extinction

What does a cream crown have in common with the Great Dying, also known as the Permian-Triassic Extinction Event? It might surprise you to know that there is any commonality between them at all. However, a very crucial one is the focus of a paper recently published in Geology: vanilla. More