On the Front Line: A conversation with Lord Adonis about the new grad scheme in social work

Inspired by his time as a Teach First teacher and seeing that the social work sector needed fresh new graduate talent just as teaching had done, Josh MacAlister decided to apply a similar model to social work. Launching in 2014, around 100 graduates started an intensive five-week induction programme in social work, followed by a year of on […]

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The living dead

This might disappoint a few but this is not an article about how Andrew Lincoln tackles to save our human species from a zombie invasion. In biology, the living dead is a concept referring to species whose only chance of survival is through rapid human intervention. These species cannot recover if habitat loss alone is stopped. Also referred […]

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An old problem, a new solution: the triumph of Oxford students at the international competition in Synthetic Biology

An interdisciplinary team of sixteen science and engineering Oxford undergraduates travelled to the Giant Jamboree to present their project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where they secured a gold medal and were nominated for 5 special awards. iGEM is an international Genetically Engineered Machine competition that aims to produce novel Synthetic Biology-based solutions […]

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Is bacon off the menu? – Reviewing WHO’s Verdict

The media’s huge appetite for publishing reports about newly discovered risk factors for cancer means associations between human diet and carcinogenesis are continuously reaching the headlines. A 2013 ‘systematic cookbook review’ investigated the prolific nature of nutritional epidemiology within the media, with a remarkable 80 per cent of the common ingredients selected at random from […]

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