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Castaway and adrift: what are your options?

From Tom Hanks’ performance in Castaway to real-life stories of shipwrecked crews in treacherous waters, tales of hardship and survival surrounding the sea have long dominated seafaring communities. Even in modern times, shipwrecks have dominated news cycles. From ghost ships floating in waters south of Australia with crews presumed lost to fishing trawlers sinking off the coast of Mexico with... Read More
The Great Floods, Myth or Meteorology? Science 

The Great Floods, Myth or Meteorology?

As Hurricane Harvey demonstrated in Houston, major flooding in urban centres can happen relatively unexpectedly. Storm surge and king tides are expected phenomena on the coast during bad weather events like the ones currently affecting the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. However, this isn’t something that is new, as flood myths have been a major part of many mythological... Read More
Black mold The story behind it Science 

Black mold: The story behind it

Frequently associated with poor indoor air quality and water damage, Stachybotrys or black mold, is one of the most infamous forms of fungus that can be found in our homes or workplace. Although commonly referred to as a “toxic mold”, the United States’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dismisses that terminology as a major misconception. A high profile... Read More
Antarctica: the final frontier Science 

Antarctica: the final frontier

With a total size of 14,000,000 square kilometres (5,400,000 square miles) and a population of 1,106, Antarctica has one of the lowest human densities in the world. However, amongst those 1,106 individuals currently living in the southernmost continent on Earth is a vast majority of scientists. Indeed, the population currently calling Antarctica home are a large group of international scientists... Read More
too much salt Science 

Salt, the natural additive we tend to overconsume

The most commonly consumed rock in the world features in every single person’s daily diet and can have a fairly important impact on our health. Whether or not you realise it, salt figures in almost every single product we consume in some amount, and although not as dangerous as sugar or fats, overconsumption of it has been linked to a... Read More

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