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October 11, 2015

Online data suggests that in 2015, the number of people worldwide who fucking love science has risen above 22 million. It appears that science is slowly veering away from its reputation as the pimpled Rubik’s Cube player in the room, and towards a vibe more along the lines of “sophisticated man at a whisky bar […]

October 4, 2015

Climate Change. Global Warming. A picture of a polar bear standing on a small round piece of ice surrounded by water. We’ve heard it and we’ve seen it, although apparently we’re becoming immune to genuine concerns regarding climate change, because our actions as a whole don’t seem to be changing at any rapid pace. But […]

September 27, 2015

I had coffee with a friend the other day; she’s a fresh new yo-pro. “Work’s going good,” she said. “Been doing heaps of overtime, my boss is always there and he promotes people who put in the hours, so I always start an hour early, and only finish when he leaves.” It’s an all too […]

September 13, 2015

Everyone should calm down about MSG, says science. MSG stands for monosodium glutamate. So let’s break that down. We have sodium, i.e., salt—cool, I’m okay with that—and glutamate. Glutamate is a naturally occurring amino acid found in most common foods including meat, dairy and vegetables (think tomatoes, walnuts, and parmesan cheese). Our bodies also produce […]

September 6, 2015

This article discusses sexual violence by animals. In the last issue before the midterm break, Salient addressed some of the issues being faced by women around the world, and acknowledged the resilience and power of certain ladies in their fight for feminism. This week, Salient Science decided to take a look at the battles being […]

August 9, 2015

Scientists from Maastrict University in the Netherlands have developed a burger patty grown from cells in a petri dish. But before you can be petty about the new patty, let us explain (from a scientific standpoint) why we need to see some changes to the meat industry. Currently, 70 per cent of farmlands around the […]

August 2, 2015

In Trimester One, Gus from the Salient science team took a look at Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the context of the latest Avengers movie. Now, with what looks like a modern “space race” heating up between commercial giants Google and Facebook to build the best AI, and with computers beginning to flirt and dream, we […]

June 1, 2015

As we draw to the end of Trimester One, the science team here at Salient has begun to ponder, “Have we made science cool yet? What can we do to keep science sexy?” And that’s when it dawned on us. The answer was right there all along: we combine science with sex. Similarly, as Bill […]

May 11, 2015

An “autopilot for humans”, which uses electrical muscle stimulation to alter a person’s path, has been developed by German scientist Max Pfeiffer. The device communicates via Bluetooth to electrodes connected to a person’s legs and electrically stimulates either the left or right sartorius. The sartorius muscle runs from the top of the thigh to the […]

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