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Things We Don't Know About Chemistry

All too often when I read a personal statement, I notice that it’s about is research. The new frontiers of science are crucial to its identity – but these writers are not applicants for a PhD – they're applicants for an undergraduate degree.

What's the difference?
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How did we find exoplanets and why do they matter

This year half of the Nobel prize for physics went to Michael Mayor and Didier Queloz, for their discovery of exoplanets outside of our solar system. This discovery opened a field that had been struggling to get started before this breakthrough. How did they find this planet and what did this discovery do, both for the world of astrophysics and the wider community?

Conservation Optimism: Naive Or Necessary?

Conservation optimism is a rising movement which aims to promote a solutions based approach to conservation issues. Click here to find out more.
Brexit: Through the lens of an Economist

Brexit: Through the lens of an Economist

It is hard to find any newspaper today without some mention of Britain’s Exit from the European Union (Brexit) within it. This post looks at Brexit through a number of key economic lenses, identifying how each relates to a potential Brexit.
Opinions on Automation: Looking at the IPPR’s Economics Prize

Opinions on Automation: Looking at the IPPR’s Economics Prize

How is the working world changing and what ideas do people have to adapt to it? Should digital companies face greater tax burdens? Bertie Wnek’s submission to the IPPR’s Economics Prize answers these questions and more in a paper that won the Under-25’s prize.