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There’s something wrong with the Sun!
Science & Technology

There’s something wrong with the Sun!

Something is wrong with the Sun! It seems that the Sun has lost 1500 times the mass of the Earth, and no one quite knows why! There is a hole in our knowledge of the Sun, and we don’t know what fills it. This is an important problem not just because the Sun is the source of our heat, and ultimately life on Earth, but it is in fact what we base most of our understanding of stars on. If we have the Sun wrong, then we’ve probably got every other star in the night sky wrong too! It is thought that our Sun is mainly comprised of light elements such as hydrogen and helium, which are the source of our star’s nuclear fusion (the bringing together of two light nuclei to make heavy nuclei). However, along with these two light elements are some heavier elements such as carbon, nitrogen and iron, w...
A day in the life of a turtle
Features

A day in the life of a turtle

A day in the life of a turtle: A trip to Costa Rica to save the Turtles On Sunday 26th July my friend Jo and I set off on our journey to Costa Rica. A long journey awaited us. An hour and a half drive to London Heathrow. An eight-hour flight to Miami, followed by a change to a three hour flight into San Jose. Our programme trip was entitled ‘Surf and Turtle Conservation’ so the main aim of our trip was to save some turtles. However, prior to reaching the camp we would be staying in for the next couple of weeks, we had a couple of days residing in a youth hostel in the town of Alajuela just off of Costa Rica’s capital city. The environment was amazing as it was full of the energy of so many young travellers wanting to go out and experience new cultures. As my Dad says, “when you feel gra...
The Promise Of Summer
Features

The Promise Of Summer

‘Shall I compare thee to a summers day?’ How could I possibly when you are the personification of summer and more. You evoke such an intense cocktail of cascading emotion; the feeling of being free and wild and calm and stupid and wise and reckless all at once. With each step you take the sun's rays burn a little stronger, as the corners of your mouth lift, even just slightly, the birds sing a little louder. And the blossoms on the trees dance with the breeze that carries your laughter. I smile at you and I hold my tongue; all I can do is listen.  You paint a picture with your words of a world not seen before, finding light and beauty in every crevice of this life. The rose lenses you slip before your eyes seem attached permanently, not the intrusion of drugs, alcohol or fear can remov...