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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Making connections with Akala

Akala is challenging preconceptions. For one, he believes that hip-hop and Shakespeare have more in common than we might imagine. “Hip-hop doesn’t make Shakespeare easier,” he explains. “It can make it more exciting.” Akala, hip-hop artist and founder of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, likes to look beyond boundaries. “It’s because hip-hop is from the ghetto. […]

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Ben Goldacre on his work, the future of medicine and his Oxford Career

With his quizzical look and flyaway hair, Ben Goldacre’s departmental photo makes him look every bit the mad scientist, but this scientific polymath (currently an author, broadcaster, doctor and academic) is at the forefront of one of the biggest medical movements in the last 50 years. With the enthusiasm of a Teach First chemistry teacher, he describes himself […]

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CN Lester: revolt from assimilation

CN Lester, musician, writer and activist, gave a spoken word performance at Queen’s College in 8th week entitled ‘What We Know To Be True: Trans Lives and Mental Illness’. I was lucky enough to talk to them in advance of the show, and our conversation began with the performance itself: “It’s about several things really. […]

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Natalie Bennett is stepping up her game

The Green Party is having something of a ‘moment’. Bizarrely, the proposal for leadership debates which excluded the Greens seems to have given them an opportunity to garner more media attention. Natalie Bennet, the party’s leader since 2012, smiles when I mention their poster campaign in response to the debacle, which featured her and Caroline […]

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