Alice Standen

TIME TRAVEL: How the travel industry took off

Planes nowadays are so commonplace, it’s hard to imagine a time without them. Yet, just 120 years ago, the prospect of a controlled flight seemed the stuff of science fiction. The work of two pioneers changed all of this, and as they took off in the first aeroplane flight, they...
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Posted Aug. 12, 2020

The impact of coronavirus on the meat industry

On a global scale, humans consume around 350 million tons of meat a year. If you think that’s a lot, it’s because the demand for meat is constantly on the rise: production has quadrupled since the mid-1960s, largely due to demand in China (half of the world’s pork is eaten...
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Posted Jul. 18, 2020

What is happening in Yemen?

As the world wrestles with a global pandemic, it’s very easy for other news items, to bypass our attention completely. For example, as of May, the country of Hungary is no longer a democracy and Hong Kong is still struggling to maintain political autonomy from China. However, one ongoing conflict...
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Posted Jul. 15, 2020

Pride Month: It’s time to celebrate LGBTQ sporting success

“You can’t win a championship without gays on your team – it’s never been done before, ever. That’s science, right there!” Megan Rapinoe gleefully told reporters, after the USA had beaten France in the quarter-final of the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Rapinoe, who captains the United States national team, is...
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Posted Jun. 23, 2020

Black History: Why should we decolonise the curriculum?

Since George Floyd’s death, there has been a flurry of awareness for the inequality that black people face both in the United States and around the world, thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement. In the United Kingdom, the statue of Edward Colston was finally toppled in Bristol after years...
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Posted Jun. 19, 2020