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Toni Slabas obituary

My friend Toni Slabas, who has died aged 70, was an internationally renowned plant biochemist. He came from humble beginnings and quietly made a positive impact on the lives of many others. At Durham University, where he was professor of plant sciences from 1990 to 2013, Toni established a world-leading group in plant biochemistry with…

If aliens call, do not hold a referendum on what to...

In the event that aliens ever contact Earth, the British public is clear on one thing: do not hold a referendum to decide what to do next. The option to hold a planetary vote on how to respond to inquiring extraterrestrials ranked bottom in a poll of 2,000 Britons asked how humanity’s reaction should be…

Lessons to gain from this year’s A-level outcomes|Letters

It would be good for the quality of life in this country if more A-level students could grasp the difference between employability and earning potential (Farewell A-level English?, 17 August). When it comes to actually influencing the world, studying English language and literature is hard to beat. During my A-level years (1963-1965), I devoured as…

Female trainees surpass males in A-level science entries

The number of female students taking exams in A-level sciences overtook males for the first time ever this year, the culmination of decades-long efforts to encourage the take-up of science, maths and technology. But the publication of the summer exam results for hundreds of thousands of students across the UK also showed a dip in…

Goldsmiths prohibits beef from university coffee shops to deal with environment...

A university has banned the sale of beef in campus food outlets in order to help tackle the climate emergency. Goldsmiths, University of London, is also attempting to phase out single-use plastics and installing more panels to power its buildings in New Cross, as part of a move to become carbon neutral by 2025. Beef…

Desmond Laurence obituary

My father, Desmond Laurence, who has died aged 96, was a pharmacologist whose career was dedicated to informing the public and doctors about the drugs they were taking or prescribing. His textbook Clinical Pharmacology, first published in 1960 and reissued in seven further editions (from 1992 in collaboration with Peter Bennett), was translated into five…

Claire Dwyer obituary

My friend Claire Dwyer, who has died of cancer aged 54, was an acclaimed and influential social geographer. She spent most of her career at University College London, where her research focused on migration and multiculturalism, and the geographies of religion and ethnicity. She held visiting fellowships at universities in Toronto, Vancouver, Uppsala and Utrecht.…

Radical change from Australian research study guarantees super-fast computing power

An Australian research team led by the renowned quantum physicist Prof Michelle Simmons has announced a major breakthrough in quantum computing, which researchers hope could lead to much greater computing power within a decade. Simmons, a former Australian of the Year, and her team at the University of New South Wales announced in a paper…

Research study misbehavior claim supported versus previous head of UCL laboratory

A lab run by one of Britain’s foremost academics published fraudulent scientific papers for more than a decade, according to investigators. Work at Prof David Latchman’s laboratory at UCL Institute of Child Health came under scrutiny from senior academics after an anonymous whistleblower alleged that dozens of papers from the lab were doctored. Latchman, a…

CM’s Guide to the Chemical Engineering Major

Contemplating being a prospective Chemical Engineering major? Mathematical equations and chemistry striking your interest? Facing nerd jokes by others? Say bye to those jokes, and hello to earning future big bucks. Without a doubt, studying Chemical Engineering requires staying focused and constant studying, but once you achieve this milestone your future is astoundingly bright. Continue…

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