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February 16, 2024
Oligopolies on the vaccine market hindered saving lives - should Pfizer have profited?
With the UK’s ongoing Covid inquiry, in which an independent organisation is examining the British government's response to the pandemic, it is worth asking – should this essential drug have ever been for-profit?
16 year-old Ananya Prasanna examines the profit incentives driving pharmaceutical advancement
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February 16, 2024
Miracle drug Selinexor hopes to combat a cancer with over a 90% mortality rate
As trials for Glioblastoma continue to progress, Selinexor will undergo more rigorous processes for FDA approval. However, this miracle drug is currently the guiding beacon to many cancer patients’ lives
16 year-old Swara Kulkarni on the early signs of success in clinical trials
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February 09, 2024
‘Never-ending search for the snooze button’. Can AI replace humans in writing poetry?
Long considered one of the purest forms of human emotion and expression, will AI be able to produce works that resonate on a profoundly human level like poetry should? Finnish author Jukka Aalho may hold the answer
16 year-old Justin Sau analyses computer-generated poems
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February 02, 2024
Do dogs feel guilty? I think not - you’ve conditioned them that way
It would be nice to believe that our furry pets do share a similar behavioural conscience to us - explaining exactly why they are man’s best friend. Well, science might not be on your side
17 year-old Sofia Radysh outlines the science behind the typical ‘guilty face’
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January 26, 2024
Shadowy, CIA-affiliated Palantir should not be trusted with NHS patients' data
Palantir Technologies has very quickly become a crucial entity in the lives of all Britons, coming into possession of sensitive UK health data. But how do you know about the company’s past?
16 year-old Camilla Savelieva on the legal and moral questions of big data entering the public sector
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January 19, 2024
The world’s biggest iceberg is almost gone
A British polar research ship has begun exploring A23a - an iceberg that recently started moving after decades of stabilisation
17 year-old Sofia Radysh on the last few predicted months of A23a’s existence
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January 19, 2024
We shouldn’t trust AI in courts - Here’s why
AI has already opened many avenues but within the legal system it was integrated far earlier than most would expect. Police data, on which these software train on, contain a long history of bias that one can’t help but question the validity of its predictions
17 year-old Cressida Anness Lorenz on the dangers of data bias
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January 05, 2024
The lethal surge: How fentanyl addiction has taken hold of young Americans
Opioid addiction in the US is a “public health crisis” with a significant and fatal impact on the youth. Education on the dangers and dosage is a necessity for young people to protect themselves
16 year-old Camilla Savelieva reports on painkiller dependency
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December 22, 2023
“Wrap your mattresses!” French residents take action against bedbug crisis
The ‘crisis’ has been everywhere - across social media sites and national newspapers, highlighting the widespread panic. But what are these bugs and how is Paris trying to fight them off?
17 year-old Sofia Radysh answers the key questions and concerns over the outbreak
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December 15, 2023
“We aren’t faking it.” Tic sufferer warns over condition’s representation on social media
From mediaeval peasants plagued by an uncontrollable urge to dance, to nuns experiencing mass possessions in convents - mass sociogenic illnesses (MSIs) have played a role in history and can also be seen in the present day
16 year-old Ananya Prasanna reports on mass social media-induced illnesses (MSMIs)
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December 01, 2023
‘Panda diplomacy’: How furry mammals are used in China’s foreign relations
Recognised across the world for being cute and cuddly, pandas are lesser known for their involvement in global diplomacy
17 year-old Sofia Radysh on the shift in Beijing’s panda policy
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November 24, 2023
Since 1960, the contraceptive pill has revolutionized women's lives. One woman financed the research
The invention of the pill not only gave women the opportunity to plan parenthood, it revolutionized Western societies in gender equality. The pill allowed women to stay in education longer, and pursue professional careers
17 year-old Flora Lodd on the history and future of hormonal contraception
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November 03, 2023
The Thalidomide scandal. A history of greed and neglect that shaped contemporary clinical trials
Thalidomide was a tragedy that is often forgotten and a clear violation of human rights, but it shaped the strenuous clinical trials that take place today. Without the toll of Thalidomide, drug production may not be as safe as it is today
16 year-old Ananya Prasanna on the lesson from pharmaceutical scandal
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October 27, 2023
2023 set another record in temperatures. How will the climate crisis impact the economy?
Climate change does not only affect the economy when disasters occur – it impacts the economic wellbeing of people around the world through hard-to-perceive destruction of infrastructure, disruption of global supply chains, and the effect on agriculture
17 year-old Nadia Diakowska on the cost of the warmest September on record
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October 13, 2023
Brains grown in a petri dish. On the potential of organoid intelligence
The human brain is the ultimate supercomputer. OI can unlock the mysteries behind cognitive maturation, neurological, and psychiatric disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia
17 year-old Inika Singh wins the Harbinger Prize in Science
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October 06, 2023
Disappearing in the Pacific. Their islands are sinking, yet we can barely hear calls for help
In the heart of the Pacific Islands, a chorus of student voices resonates together to paint a vivid picture of hopes, concerns, and aspirations despite the nuanced, complex threat that they face
18 year-old Chenxi Zhang wins the Harbinger Prize in Reporting
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September 29, 2023
My 50th birthday: A world without food
A future where real food doesn’t exist anymore may sound like quite a bleak and dystopian future. But this is far closer than we think with the 26-year timer we find ourselves on
17 year-old Christian Yeung wins the Harbinger prize in Humanities
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September 24, 2023
Bugs are friends, not foes. Historical neglect of US government to human-insect symbiosis
It is no exaggeration to say “insects make the world go round”. From pollination to nutrient recycling, to biological pest management, and even genetic research — without them, our ecosystem would not function. Insects provide the United States with over $57 billion yearly of ecological service, in terms of dung burial, pest prevention, and pollination.
17 year-old Anna Lovat won The Harbinger Prize 2023
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September 22, 2023
Mass destruction of Ukrainian nature will have a huge impact on the future
The consequences of war have not only ruined lives and negatively impacted the mental health of Ukrainian civilians, but it will also result in long-term ecosphere damage
17 year-old Sofia Radysh interviews UAnimals on the environmental crisis
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August 11, 2023
Titanic sub highlights need for more ocean exploration, not less
While many set their sights on the vast expanses of the Milky Way, we ignore our own precious little blue-green marble. Over 80% of the ocean has never been explored, mapped, or even seen
16 year-old Justin Sau on the untapped potential of our seas
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August 08, 2023
NASA restores full contact with the lost Voyager 2
One of the objectives of both Voyager 1 and 2 is to ‘help scientists understand the very nature of energy and radiation in space’. With the continued close up study of space, it will help NASA and scientists to lower the risk factors in the future exploration in space
16 year-old Jefferson He reports on space exploration
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August 07, 2023
IFSC weighs in on athlete eating disorder concerns following criticism
As a sport where you have to fight gravity, climbing has a high percentage of eating disorders. The IFSC has responded to climbers and former members of its medical committee speaking out about outdated health standards in competitive climbing
17 year-old Sofiya Tkachenko on the response from athletes and the medical community
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June 30, 2023
What would happen if Russia tried to sabotage the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant?
The plant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, has been under Russian control since last year. According to Zelenskiy, Russian sabotage would result in a massive leakage of radioactive material that could reach neighbouring European countries
16 year-old Sofiya Tkachenko on the probability of nuclear disaster
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June 30, 2023
Auto-tune overload. Aren’t we sacrificing musicality for so-called perfection?
Excessive use of auto-tune technology, especially when employed to distort the voice during a live performance, sparks debates about authenticity and emotional connection with the audience
14 year-old Sofia Vorobei takes the side of human imperfection
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June 30, 2023
Do we prefer AI to shape future generations than to invest in human teachers?
While the global market, however, is leaning towards AI to shape the worldviews of our next generation over human teachers, this does not mean it is the right direction to be headed in
17 year-old Megan Lee follows the money in education
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June 23, 2023
Animal testing made its way onto the big screen. It may be a sign of change
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 is more than a great movie - it also offers insight into cruelty disguised as animal testing
17 year-old Sofia Radysh on animal testing
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June 23, 2023
7 ways AI could benefit healthcare
The development of AI leads to lots of new and exciting possibilities of its applications in the modern world, including within healthcare. This article will outline 7 ways in which AI can benefit healthcare and the challenges associated with adopting it
18 year-old Grace Whitehouse outlines the practical uses of the technology
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April 28, 2023
When the atmosphere fails. Is our civilisation at risk of being destroyed by an asteroid?
Humanity has many issues to worry about - climate change, nuclear escalation, scarce resources, and overpopulation, to list just a few. An asteroid attack is another worry, arguably the most abrupt and outside our control
16 year-old Riana Banga on planetary defence
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April 21, 2023
Chameleons are the most remarkable and amazing creatures. Here’s why
Chameleons are one of the most diverse and complex animals, with over 200 species and a range of adaptations
13 year-old Lidya Gaspar outlines the incredible traits of chameleons
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April 07, 2023
ChatGPT: 7 things students need to know
The launch of ChatGPT has sparked numerous controversies, especially relating to its role in education. This article will explain all the details that students are curious about
17 year-old Grace Whitehouse outlines the AI technology
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March 03, 2023
The maths of the COVID-19 era. The pandemic told in four equations
A difference of R, as little as one, has dramatic effects on the number of those infected within a population which without intervention would continue to increase at a rapid rate thus resulting in increased numbers of deaths
17 year-old Grace Whitehouse uses her own calculations to explain COVID-19 with maths
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March 03, 2023
‘Know your DNA’ databases could fall into the wrong hands. Policymakers should regulate it
Even with all precautions employed, there is always a chance of getting hacked. Nothing indicates that ancestry DNA databases store personal data in any different place than the information about one’s DNA
18 year-old Gleb Mishin explains the cybersecurity dangers behind DNA testing
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January 19, 2023
The secret price of the war in Ukraine
As a Ukrainian and representative of the young generation, I am worried about the price my country pays for the current war not only in the matter of sacred lives but also nature. Ecology might seem insignificant in comparison to the scale of human tragedies that are happening right now, but isn’t ecology also a matter of saving lives?
Maria Rybak speaks to experts on the ecological situation in Ukraine during war
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October 17, 2022
Volunteering at KL Plaszow Museum gave me a chance to fight the Nazi dehumanisation
To many, the concentration camp in Plaszow remains an unknown piece of history. A mere nine-person team at the KL Plaszow Museum and Memorial Site are working to change that. While I had the privilege of being the museum’s first volunteer, the KL Plaszow team hopes to recruit more as they continue working towards their opening in 2025
17 year-old Jonathan Wong on the meaning of voluntary work
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October 15, 2022
Zambia’s efforts to prevent famine and poverty with organic farming
Those at the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) recognised the long list of problems arising from chemical farming, so the organisation changed to organic farming in the mid-1980s to promote a healthier, more sustainable way of living. The main focus of KATC’s work is to train farmers and government agents in the basics of organic farming.
17 year-old Maksymilian Sinczak on the efforts to promote sustainable agriculture in Zambia
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September 10, 2022
A Plague Constant: Disease and Conspiracy in the Early Modern Period and Today
Today, as during the Great Plague of London, some of those holding office have put forward questionable remedies said to be more effective than mainstream treatments
Zachary Górka considers the similarities in public reaction and conspiracy between COVID-19 and the Great Plague of London, almost 400 years apart
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August 12, 2022
‘Transforming healthcare’ - How AI is helping save lives
AI is able to not only speed up the process of diagnoses, but also procure the healthcare system with higher quality and more precise results
16 year-old Sofiya Suleimenova interviews the AI specialists behind comprehensive stroke imaging solution
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June 23, 2022
Invest in good mathematicians. Weapons of Math Destruction review
Ill-conceived algorithms are strengthening injustice, inequality and prejudice across law enforcement, education, labour, banking and housing.
Natasha Banga reviews Cathy O’Neil’s book
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February 16, 2022
With Mosquirix approved by WHO, hopes are high for a breakthrough in fight against Malaria
Despite its efficacy at just below 46%, Masquirix may prevent 4.3 million cases of malaria and 22,000 deaths in children younger than five annually
Noor Bejjani explains the difficulties and rewards behind the new vaccine against malaria
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November 11, 2021
It was research on light that enabled us to comprehend that time is elastic
Thanks to Albert Einstein, time and space began to be considered non-invariables - but to prove his theory, the famous scientist needed something that moved really fast.
Aleksy Chwedczuk explains how the whole idea of inevitability took a sudden turn.
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November 01, 2021
What ‘is’ dark energy and matter, the 95 percent of the Universe we know nothing about?
In 1929, when Edwin Hubble proved that the universe is expanding, an important question arose: o what will the Apocalypse look like then?
Aleksy Chwedczuk on the opening chapter of the neWhat ‘is’ dark energy and matter, the 95 percent of the Universe we know nothing about?xt great discovery in the history of Physics.
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October 18, 2021
What would it mean if there was life on Venus?
It only makes sense for some life to exist somewhere out there. A recent research paper has shifted the spotlight to our sister planet.
Aleksy Chwedczuk reports on what may be hidden in the atmosphere of Venus.
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August 19, 2021
COVID-19 boosted research in mRNA vaccines
With enough funding and brainpower, MRNA technology is capable of shortening the amount of time needed for vaccine development and manufacturing so significantly that it may be close to real-time vaccination.
Noor Bejjani explores the implications of the coronavirus-related leap in vaccination science

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