Category Archives: Louise Walker

Should science be on the agenda for the general election?

Those of you who live in the UK will by now be unable to move without seeing some reference to the looming election. This year’s ballot results are thought to be amongst the most contentious in recent history. The hot-button … Continue reading

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The open access debate: Should we pay for knowledge?

One of the bigger issues facing researchers today is how to access scientific information. A lot of research is published in restricted access journals, where the information is hidden behind a paywall. But, many scientists feel like this should not … Continue reading

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The evolutionary quirks of Australian animals

Australia is home to many interesting phenomena, amongst them its weird and wonderful wildlife. 86% of plants, 84% of mammals and 45% of birds found in Australia are not seen anywhere else in the world. Australia became separated from the … Continue reading

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Is pressure to publish causing scientific fraud?

A paper which was widely regarded as an exciting breakthrough has come under scrutiny, with some people suggesting that the results were false, or even fabricated. This is not the first time that a major study has been subject to … Continue reading

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Science in 2014: What will the future hold?

The new year is usually reserved for looking back and reflecting over what has just gone. But it’s also a good time to look forward into the upcoming year and think about what it may bring. Science is no exception … Continue reading

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The confusing science behind weight loss

It’s getting to that time of year when it becomes socially acceptable to stuff yourself full of the fattiest foods imaginable and then do nothing for 48 hours. You may be one of those people who is planning on upping … Continue reading

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A pill to cure Alzheimer’s!?: Why science stories should be reported more carefully

On October 10th 2013, there were headlines on the front pages of several British papers claiming that “A simple pill may cure Alzheimer’s”. These papers included the Times (£) and the Independent, who both put the stories on their front … Continue reading

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