Our First 10,000 Days on Mars

Our First 10,000 Days on Mars

Isuru Athukoralage05/08/202116 min read
With each passing year, more and more eyes look up and ponder the possibility of interplanetary travel. This is the story of how and why our future as a species is intertwined with the colonisation of Mars.
The Dictatorship after Socialism: Exploring Chilean Politics and Society through Film

The Dictatorship after Socialism: Exploring Chilean Politics and Society through Film

Eric Balonwu03/08/202115 min read
To understand recent protests in Chile, it is imperative that we explore Chile’s rich political past and social divisions, which remains relevant for Chilean politics today.
Simulation Theory

Simulation Theory

Leah Ebrahim29/07/20216 min read
How did humans come to exist? A question that left hundreds of scientists seeking an answer to fulfil their knowledge about this topic. However, there are many theories that explain how, yet none of them truly resolve this mystery.
Understanding Consumers’ Behavior by Neuromarketing

Understanding Consumers’ Behavior by Neuromarketing

Mira Samman29/07/202116 min read
There is a huge science that helps us know what consumers prefer when it comes into buying products and what attracts them and it’s called Neuromarketing.
The Evolution of Man

The Evolution of Man

Louay Alarfi29/07/202112 min read
How did humans come to exist? A question that left hundreds of scientists seeking an answer to fulfil their knowledge about this topic. However, there are many theories that explain how, yet none of them truly resolve this mystery.
The Pandemic’s Origins: An Open Investigation

The Pandemic’s Origins: An Open Investigation

Grace Saad10/07/20217 min read
The unthinkable is now being soberly considered in an investigation to uncover the coronavirus’s origins. A verdict is yet to be reached, resulting in a surge of skepticism towards the consensus and a push to review the facts of the pandemic.
Can an unjust law be law? An Introduction to the Radbruch formula—And why it matters

Can an unjust law be law? An Introduction to the Radbruch formula—And why it matters

Ishmael Liwanda01/07/202116 min read
Law is a unique product of humanity. It commands a peculiar, overriding form of authority, and can be used to protect minorities but also for unjust purposes. But what happens when law is used to facilitate gross injustice, would those ‘laws’ still be laws?
Guanxi: asset or liability?

Guanxi: asset or liability?

Arushi Ramdhonee03/04/20218 min read
Doing business in China can be complicated and that’s why Guanxi is a great example to illustrate it.
The Implications of CRISPR Gene Editing

The Implications of CRISPR Gene Editing

Grace Saad01/04/20217 min read
Are we playing God? A powerful tool has caused controversy in the lofty heights of academia and cured people with congenital diseases. We can only assume what the future holds, as moves are made to utilize CRISPR in creative and life-changing ways.
RDR2- a true picture of the Wild West?

RDR2- a true picture of the Wild West?

Rithik Sharma27/03/202112 min read
A world-renowned game but with deeper underlying issues represented throughout. Set in the dying age of the ‘Wild West’, how accurate was Red Dead Redemption 2 in depicting this stage of America’s history?
Shaping Disability Advocacy

Shaping Disability Advocacy

Habiba Elhawati22/03/20219 min read
With the many variations in the diverse population of the disabled comes various opinions that drive wedges between even the smaller core of disability advocates. However, there are certain beliefs and ideas that bring all disability activists together.
Deepfakes and Their Relationship With Law and Politics

Deepfakes and Their Relationship With Law and Politics

Lisa Onyeka16/03/202112 min read
As deepfakes increase in prominence so too will their capacity to wreak havoc, particularly on political institutions. As such, governments must react to this growing threat in a timely fashion.
A Look into COVID-19 Vaccine Access for the World’s 80 Million Forcibly Displaced People

A Look into COVID-19 Vaccine Access for the World’s 80 Million Forcibly Displaced People

Kynza Khimani10/03/20219 min read
As the world’s wealthiest nations begin procuring doses of various COVID-19 vaccines, the fate of the world’s refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers remains uncertain.
The French Empire is Dead. Long Live the French Empire!

The French Empire is Dead. Long Live the French Empire!

Luben Roussev07/03/202116 min read
The French Empire never ended, but adapted to the late 20th century of anti-imperialistic empires. Now as a new century dawns, France is once more transforming its Iceberg Empire.
The Social Case Against Lockdowns

The Social Case Against Lockdowns

Hisham Khan02/03/20218 min read
As we navigate through yet another Lockdown in the UK, the effectiveness of the measure can be questioned, especially taking into account the long term detriment that it is causing the younger generation.
Improving our Communication: Hearing Loss and Action

Improving our Communication: Hearing Loss and Action

Yasmine Dashti28/02/20218 min read
The WHO reports that 5% of the population have disabled hearing, a small figure but growing. Methods to bridge the gap the deaf community face will have widespread educational and economic benefits. However, we must respect Deaf Culture and tread with respect.
A Brief Look into Gender and Body

A Brief Look into Gender and Body

Rayhan Brigemohane26/02/20218 min read
It is through a deconstruction of norms that we understand that we are born only with a distinct biological sex, and that gender seems to be a socially constructed concept imposed onto the sexes for the sake of a binary system.
How is the EU implementing strategies to favour a circular economic model?

How is the EU implementing strategies to favour a circular economic model?

Martina Torcè25/02/20217 min read
The globally dominant economic model, the “take-make-waste” extractive industrial model, is depleting the planet’s resources and creating tonnes of waste. Is it reasonable to switch to a more sustainable “Circular Economic Model” and how is the EU doing it?
Artificial Intelligence: The cure to ‘unconquerable’ health challenges

Artificial Intelligence: The cure to ‘unconquerable’ health challenges

Gloria Sun22/02/20218 min read
As the use of antibiotics increases globally, a new challenge awaits mankind: the development of antibiotic resistance. Will the incorporation of modern technology into medicine help us conquer some of the most difficult health challenges in the 21st century?
Mahjong AI: The Next Level

Mahjong AI: The Next Level

Anish Unmathallegadoo19/02/202114 min read
Computers have surpassed humanity in many games like Chess. Mahjong is a very different game, which means making an AI play it optimally is a unique challenge. But in doing so, the scope of AI could change drastically.
Emotional intelligence: a conversation with our feelings

Emotional intelligence: a conversation with our feelings

Darshana Booth13/02/20217 min read
As the world turns towards new technologies, the value and importance of emotions tends to fade with time within our society. However, ironically, emotional intelligence is increasingly gaining attention and happens to be a useful tool for world leaders.
Modern Monetary Theory : Sensible or Dangerous

Modern Monetary Theory : Sensible or Dangerous

Eric Balonwu10/02/20217 min read
MMT has transitioned from academic obscurity to challenge the political and economic establishment. Is MMT imperative to revitalise economic thought or a quixotic fantasy which is radical and wrong?
Ikigai: 4 Lessons on the Japanese Philosophy of Long and Happy Life

Ikigai: 4 Lessons on the Japanese Philosophy of Long and Happy Life

Isuru Athukoralage07/02/202110 min read
The secret to living until 100 years old is a relatively unknown way of living life that underpins every aspect of Japan’s culture. It’s also what enables the Japanese to be amongst the happiest, healthiest and most productive people in the world.
Ekushe February: Bangladesh’s fight for its mother-tongue

Ekushe February: Bangladesh’s fight for its mother-tongue

Simrin Rahman05/02/20219 min read
Language is power. It’s divided humans for millennia and in Bangladesh, blood has been spilt for the right to speak their mother-tongue, an event which has irrevocably changed the country. Ekushe February.
High Street Flop: COVID-19 and Retailers

High Street Flop: COVID-19 and Retailers

Jack Borrill03/02/20218 min read
Rather than help, recent parliamentary insolvency countermeasures have hindered the United Kingdom’s retailers during COVID-19, creating an antagonistic and exploitative relationship between them and their landlords, and accelerating the death of the high street.
To P or NP that is the question

To P or NP that is the question

Joseph Aghoghovbia30/01/20215 min read
Computers have come a long way, most problems we encounter today are trivial to them. However, they still face challenges that would take more time than the age of the universe to solve. What’s the difference between these problems?
Why the Pandemic is So Much Worse for the Blind

Why the Pandemic is So Much Worse for the Blind

Zoha Baig27/01/202113 min read
Life in the pandemic has been a challenging and full of uncertainty for all. But what many don’t realize is that our new normal has been a particularly difficult adjustment for the blind. We discuss why.
Chinese Development Finance In Africa: A Blessing Or A Curse?

Chinese Development Finance In Africa: A Blessing Or A Curse?

Lisa Onyeka21/01/202111 min read
In recent years there has been a sharp uptick in Chinese development finance to Africa. This begs the question of whether it is something to be celebrated, or something to be wary of.
Death By Social Media

Death By Social Media

Alonge Gloria19/01/20219 min read
The use of social media can be likened to a double-edged sword. While users can exercise their freedom of speech and expression through these platforms, what happens when unrestrained freedom is granted?
Global Health Inequalities: Vaccines

Global Health Inequalities: Vaccines

Habiba Elhawati15/01/20219 min read
Having pre-ordered enough COVID-19 vaccines to immunise their populaces a few times over, the world’s wealthiest countries have already administered millions of shots. But for the developing world, the wait for any doses at all could be much longer.
A traveller’s guide around London tube stations

A traveller’s guide around London tube stations

Rithik11/01/202110 min read
“The veins of the heart that can take you from one point to another”. The Underground (and there TFL in general) has allowed London to grow, helped commuters to commute and has become one of the main icons in London. But what is so fascinating about the tube?
Guilty: The EU and the management of irregular migration through FRONTEX

Guilty: The EU and the management of irregular migration through FRONTEX

Elena Siniscalco05/01/20216 min read
The so-called “migration crisis” has brought about a number of tragic drownings in what has become, according to the UNHCR, “the most deadly stretch of water”, the Mediterranean. An organisation at the centre of this is the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, better known as FRONTEX.
Europe And Its Battle with History

Europe And Its Battle with History

Luben Roussev04/01/202122 min read
The European Union can learn much from history in order to make the inevitable changes Europe and the world need.
A World of Englishes?: The Effects of the Global Spreading of a Language

A World of Englishes?: The Effects of the Global Spreading of a Language

Carol Riyad29/12/20208 min read
English is being moulded by and for its users around the world as it globalises, but could this result in a different English a hundred years from now? And should this be considered a problem?
The Blurry Future of World Heritage

The Blurry Future of World Heritage

Darshana Booth24/12/20206 min read
Beyond being divided between its cultural and lucrative aspect, our World Heritage sites are facing diverse threats that can jeopardise its existence.
Foreign Aid: Should It Be Cut?

Foreign Aid: Should It Be Cut?

Iona Forsyth21/12/20208 min read
Many countries, including the UK, are cutting their foreign aid budget due to the fiscal pressures of Covid-19. Is this the right approach, or is it fundamentally misguided?
White-Collar Crime, Money Laundering, and Risky Business

White-Collar Crime, Money Laundering, and Risky Business

Salah Khaddour19/12/202012 min read
One may wonder about the intricacies of white-collar crimes such as money laundering, how it has an impact on the economy, the various means that the government uses to put a stop to it, and whether or not these means are sufficient.
The Great Engineering Practice

The Great Engineering Practice

Nachiket Dighe16/12/20209 min read
Have you ever wondered about the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai or the International Space Station orbiting faster than 2000 kmph above our planet’s surface?
Why Joe Biden’s Election Victory Matters For Stammerers

Why Joe Biden’s Election Victory Matters For Stammerers

Isuru Athukoralage12/12/20208 min read
Although 2020 brought many struggles, one shining light was the election of Joe Biden as President. Find out why this record-breaking victory was particularly important for stutterers and why their voices, now more than ever, are worth our attention.
The Bulgarian People’s Court: Injustice Guaranteed

The Bulgarian People’s Court: Injustice Guaranteed

Luben Roussev10/12/202016 min read
The Bulgarian People’s Court is one of the world’s most brutal and damaging, yet unknown, atrocities. It turned a nation brimming with a vibrant and ambitious intelligentsia, into a beaten communist satellite state, too petrified to assert its own liberty.
Microfinance: The Solution to Poverty?

Microfinance: The Solution to Poverty?

Simrin Rahman07/12/202013 min read
Global poverty is a dilemma that has ailed economists for millennia. A possible solution has arisen in the aftermath of the Bangladesh Famine of 1974 – microfinance. Now implemented in multiple countries, is this the magic bullet we have been waiting for?
The 0, e and i in Maths: A History of Numbers

The 0, e and i in Maths: A History of Numbers

Anish Unmathallegadoo05/12/202014 min read
It’s natural for us to think about numbers like fractions, negatives and 0. But their existence wasn’t immediate to us. We discovered and adopted them into our number system. So how and when did we discover them, and are there any others?
Deepfakes: Two Realities

Deepfakes: Two Realities

Joseph Aghoghovbia04/12/20208 min read
Deepfakes, like most emerging technologies, offer an exciting proposal one where we can shape the very reality we experience. But what happens when we can’t tell fiction from reality?
A Policy Paradigm or a Policy Paralysis

A Policy Paradigm or a Policy Paralysis

Dev Patel26/11/20208 min read
What seems like a blessing in the form of the government stimulus schemes could infact be a death blow. Read to find out whether the current economic measures put in place are helping you in the long term or whether they are burying your future job prospects.
The New Era of Globalisation: Plastic Pollution

The New Era of Globalisation: Plastic Pollution

Nour Rashid24/11/20208 min read
Plastics are everywhere; they are in your washing machine, they flow through your tap water, they accompany urban dust and they decorate the insides of your favourite seafood. How did this come to be?
Polarisation: How Social Media is Dividing Us

Polarisation: How Social Media is Dividing Us

Hisham Khan15/11/202012 min read
Social Media: how is it dividing us?
A Lifeline: Free School Meals

A Lifeline: Free School Meals

Habiba Elhawati13/11/20208 min read
In October 2020, a motion to provide 1.4 million disadvantaged children in England with food vouchers during the school holidays was voted down by the UK government. However, the fight against child hunger in the UK is not a new issue.
What if Hitler Had Won?

What if Hitler Had Won?

Rithik Sharma11/11/202013 min read
A world under the reign of Hitler is one that is almost unimaginable, but at parts during WW2, this was a real possibility. But, what if the war was won by the Axis- how could the world have been like amongst this “uncertainty and tyranny”?
Endgame: The US Presidential Election

Endgame: The US Presidential Election

Ishmael Liwanda01/11/202017 min read
A global pandemic and economic crisis. Two contrasting visions of a future America. The stage is set for the most contested elections in recent US history. In an election with implications for decades to come, which of the two candidates is most compelling?
Do People Mean Everything They Say?

Do People Mean Everything They Say?

Karoul (Carol) Riyad29/10/202014 min read
In a world woven from words with connections created through conversation, how much of what we hear and say is actually meant? And are we stifling our authenticity for the sake of “saving face”?