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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 […]

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 […]

September 6, 2015

Ancient stone tools used by chimpanzees dating back to 4300 years ago have been discovered in West Africa. This has led archaeologists to declare that chimps are officially in their own Stone Age. Anyone else hear the 2001 theme playing? The Chimpanzee Stone Age has been going for quite some time, with chimps handing their […]

August 16, 2015

American car company Fiat Chrysler has recently issued a recall order for 1.4 million vehicles. The recall followed serious cyber-security concerns raised in a study by US experts Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek. A series of trials run by the pair showed that these vehicles—automatically connected to the internet via the Chrysler UConnect system—were alarmingly […]

August 16, 2015

Drug companies are tracking down superhuman mutants to use their genes to cure debilitating medical conditions.   This may sound like the premise of the next X-Men movie, but it’s actually happening right now. Thanks to advances in epigenetics and genome sequencing, drug companies like Amgen and Genentech have been able to identify these genetic […]

August 16, 2015

Scientists recently found that damselflies (a slimmer, better looking version of a dragonfly) are basically super horny no matter what age. Researchers at the University of Leeds tagged more than 1000 damselflies in Hampshire, England and found that these horn-dog flies mate for most of their lives at the same pond. “For the damselflies, it […]

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 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 […]