You and the Planet: Oceans

“You and the planet: oceans” is part of a series delivered by The Royal Society. Joined by two biologists, Diva Amon and Richard Thompson; Jahawi Bertolli, a professional wildlife film-maker; and Angela Hatton, a representative from the management team at the National Oceanography Center, this discussion is held to make the public aware of the true extent of issues concerning the oceans, and to educate us on what we should and can do to help the oceans recover. Here, I summarise a few main points from the session.

EUNS 8th International Conference 2021

The Edinburgh University Neurological Society (EUNS) held their 8th annual international conference on 10-11 April 2021. The speakers at this conference share and showcase the latest developments in neuroscience, neurology, and neurosurgery. This year, the focus was on the blood-brain barrier (BBB), including the current understanding of its functions, neuropharmacological implications and recent technological advances surrounding BBB research.

The next 500 years

Hosted by the Royal Institution, geneticist and computational biologist Christopher E. Mason gave a talk providing a detailed roadmap for the next 500 years of space exploration. Ultimately, the endpoint of the ten phase plan is the ability for humans to be genetically engineered into a multi-planetary species, able to live on other planets, and maybe even solar systems. 

A Poisonous Method : Arsenic

‘A Poisonous Method’ is an up and coming trilogy of lectures that focus on the statistics, economics and social issues that were caused by common poisons in 19th century Scotland. Unfortunately, the easy accessibility of numerous poisons facilitated the murders of many Scottish citizens. This first part of the series focuses on the use of arsenic as a murder weapon as well as discussing its role in the economy and impact on society.