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AuthorBrontë Ammundsen

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October 4, 2015

Shut up I love puns In light of the rising numbers of “anti-vaxxers”, I’ve found myself immersed in far too many arguments where it becomes apparent that the opposition doesn’t actually know the mechanisms of vaccines. Here’s the simple explanation of the human immune system and how vaccines work. The Immune System The immune system […]

September 27, 2015

If you’ve been anywhere near Facebook in the past couple of weeks, you’ll almost definitely be aware of the latest trend in national nitpicking: the Red Peak nipple flag design. I want to preface this by saying that I am not overly opposed to the Red Peak flag. What I AM opposed to is the […]

September 20, 2015

A quick guide to all the climate change “hot words” that are constantly used, but barely ever explained. Apparently we’re all supposed to just happen to know this shit. When I was a kid, every time I heard people mention “greenhouse gases” and the “greenhouse effect”, I thought the problem was harmful emissions from the […]

September 6, 2015

GPs in the UK are being offered cash incentives to dissuade rampant prescriptions of antibiotics. Overuse of antibiotics is a major contributing factor to the increasing number of dangerous infections developing a drug resistance.  After warnings to reduce overprescribing have been increasingly present over the past couple of years, the UK National Institute for Health […]

August 9, 2015

Want slightly cheaper cakes or discounted Resene wallpaper? Well, you’re in luck! All you need to do is overcome any motor skill limitations on “colouring in tiny circles at high speed” and join Mensa, the “genius club”, to enjoy these member benefits. What even is Mensa? Mensa is the oldest and largest “high IQ society” […]

August 9, 2015

I’ve renamed the act of opening my fridge door as “pick your poison” time. Strive as I might to adhere to some kind of balanced diet, my genetic mother would undoubtedly be struck with disdain at the immediate insight into my daily consumption by merely gazing upon my plethora of liquids: Peroni beer, a bottle […]

August 2, 2015

Considering the fearful imagery of burning and melting some expect to see in our future (thanks to global warming), the prospect of a “mini ice age” almost sounds pleasant at first. Perhaps the “cooler” nature of this “predicted ice age” is what made it gather so much publicity, but put your thermals away and don’t […]

June 1, 2015

A team from the University of British Columbia of Canada may have paved the way to a less risky future for blood transfusions. In Issue 8, you may have read my article “Baby, what’s your type”, in which I explained the actions of antigens and antibodies to define exactly what your blood type means. In […]

May 24, 2015

Because God forbid we put in effort when there might be a substance to do it for us! Coffee ★★★ A beverage with potential, but not without risk. Depending on your personality, coffee may be the kick you need to make up for your all-night Netflix spree and hold your eyes open without the need […]