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The POST: What is it? Why is it there? And where does it fit in with UK science and politics?

July 7, 2015 • Features • Views: 664

This is Part I of the GIST POST interview series. If you’re interested in learning first-hand about POST’s role in Parliament, the relationship between science and politics, the peer review process, and the importance of young scientists getting involved and making their research count, make

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Glasgow Science Festival Event: ‘Science Sunday’

July 3, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 305

The Science Sunday at Glasgow University on the 14th of June was a great way to mark the end of the 2015 Glasgow Science Festival. The event encapsulated everything that the festival aims to do: Get people of all ages interested and engaging with science. The event could be described as a mini

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Glasgow Science Festival Event: ‘The Value of Suffering’

June 20, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 743

For the first time, Glasgow Science Festival has worked in partnership with the Philosophy department at the University of Glasgow to bring us ‘The Value of Suffering’. Suffering is defined as the state of undergoing pain distress or hardship. It is effectively the opposite of happiness

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Glasgow Science Festival Event: ‘Single-Pixel Camera’

June 18, 2015 • Features, Physical Sciences • Views: 694

The single-pixel camera – in what way is it a step forward from cameras with millions of pixels? Would you want it in your next smartphone? Scientists from the University of Glasgow’s Optics group are challenging expensive cameras, which have millions of pixels, with their new,

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Glasgow Science Festival Event: ‘In the Footsteps of Eddington: Proving Einstein Right with a Solar Eclipse’

June 17, 2015 • Features, Physical Sciences • Views: 453

2015 is the International Year of Light, but it is also the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity; a theory that has resolutely stood the test of time and still provides us with our most comprehensible understanding of gravity so far. Sir Arthur Eddington, a British

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Glasgow Science Festival Event: ‘Café Sci: Looking for Light’

June 16, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 391

“What do fiction and science have in common? An evening of musing by Pippa Goldschmidt and Professor Martin Hendry.” At Mono on Wednesday evening, Café Scientifique hosted Pippa Goldschmidt, acclaimed author and ex-astronomer, and Professor Martin Hendry, head of Physics and Astronomy at the

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Glasgow Science Festival Event: ‘Moon’

June 13, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 457

Two astronomers and a clinical psychologist walk into a cinema… Glasgow Film Theatre was the venue for a special Glasgow Science Festival screening of Duncan Jones’ 2009 sci-fi film Moon, where protagonist Sam Bell steadily mines Helium-3 on the dark side of the moon to feed the Earth’s ever