5 New Particles Discovered in CERN

 

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located in CERN recently detected five new subatomic particles. The particles are all different versions of the Omega-c baryon, detected in 1994. This means they are also heavier cousins to the well-known neutron and proton – the particles that make up atoms. This discovery is important as it sheds light on the inner workings of atomic nuclei, and will help physicists improve their understanding of the ‘strong force’ that holds those particles together.

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Robots: Evolution or Revolution?

Robot. An automatized machine run by a computer. Also, an idea that quite often polarises people and starts discussions. Some believe robots are a crucial part of a developing society as they reduce difficult human labour. Others argue that robotics just brings about more problems than it solves, and opens a whole new array of ethical issues we need to tackle. So, are we justifiably investing in robotic advancement, or just funding our own doom?

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STV For Dummies

Most Uni elections use the STV (Single Transferable Vote) voting system. It is considered to be superior to other election methods as it reduces wasted votes and eliminates the idea that candidates can be ‘sure winners’ or ‘sure losers’. Here’s how it works.

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Human-Pig Hybrids, How Far Should We Go?

In a recent breakthrough study, scientists successfully created human-pig embryos. They were carried by adult pigs for about 4 weeks and then removed and analysed. The embryos contained only 0.001% of human cells, but enough to give this new study a promising start.

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Fireside Chat With Tim Cook

This Wednesday, 8th February, our University had the pleasure to welcome the Apple CEO, Tim Cook. As part of his European tour, Cook came to Glasgow to have a “fireside” chat with the students and staff in the crowded Bute Hall. The evening was opened with a few words from the Principal Muscatelli, followed by the graduation ceremony in which Cook was awarded an honorary doctorate. It was a symbolic gesture with the purpose of aligning ourselves with Apple and its values, which are “the best of human endeavour”, as our Principal put it. Often referred to as one of the most influential people on the planet, Cook is truly a treasured addition to our University.

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