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Giving you the latest information about student life and updates from Hertfordshire University and surrounding areas

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Saving Lives With Drones ‘n’ iPhones

In this modern era of technology and science, we’re always asking what could possibly be next. For years now, we’ve been donating to cancer research, and organisations like this to enhance health services and reassure humankind of a flourishing future. We also use technology day in and day out: using our phones as an alarm, reminders and a source of news, but we continue to ask ourselves what else our phones could do for us. Sometimes, upgrading the things that help us save l

Another UH Student Wins Prize at Information Technology Awards

By Zoe Fripp A student from the University of Hertfordshire has been awarded the silver prize at the 2018 Worshipful Company of Information Technologies (WCIT) Information Technology Awards, making it the second year in a row the prize has gone to a student from the University. The awards are given out each year to give recognition to outstanding UK undergraduate and postgraduate IT students. Universities are encouraged to nominate a student candidate, providing a written cit

What’s New In Science February

By Leong Qi Tyng – Contributing Writer The article this month focuses on current and upcoming inventions that could change our human lives for the better (or worse, depends how you see it). Dancing Drones The dancing drones, named Shooting Stars, made its appearance during Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. Intel controlled 300 drones used in the show via a central computer. It was noted that a single central computer could control a fleet of 10,000 drones. The successful

Science Building Project In InAVation Award Contention

By Aaron Hurst – News Editor A project based in the University’s science building has made it to the final of the 2017 InAVation Awards’ Education category. The project, which was produced in cooperation with audiovisual specialists Reflex and Hewshott International, provides those who work in the science building with the ability to display videos and audio across the building’s 90 screens, either one at a time or all at once. It will be one of eight audiovisual systems acro

What’s New in the World of Science?

By Leong Qi Tyng – Contributing Writer A new year brings new scientific discoveries. In this article, I summarised a few of the recent discoveries made by researchers around the world. While researching for this topic, I was amazed and excited to find that some of the new studies were published just a week ago! Trump, the moth Via Wikipedia The poor moth was named after Donald Trump, all because it has golden flakes covering its tiny head. The Neopalpa donaldtrumpi was discov

Bayfordbury Observatory To Hold Upcoming Public Event

By Aaron Hurst – News Editor The Bayfordbury Observatory has opened its doors to the public for four events happening from December-March. The events will allow those who attend to experience the real-life operations that take place in a space observatory. According to Dr Marc Sarzi, the events on offer will interest anyone with an enthusiasm for astronomy. “There really is something for everyone, whether you have an avid interest in all things intergalactic, are an amateur s

What’s Happening in Science

By Robert Wheatley – Health and Innovation Editor What’s going on in the realm of discovery? Off to a rough start, global warming is affecting the Great Barrier Reef’s marine life, resulting in large quantities of coral dying — however, scientists suggest potential for recovery. Most change has been for the positive: we’ve discovered almost 1,500 new viruses as a result of studying creatures not often considered, and Women in Science are aiming to combat misogyny and anti-imm

Black History Month: Things you never knew were invented by black people

By Aimone Sharif – Head of Editorial The month of October, also known as Black History month, aims to show and recognise the amazing things black people have done for the development of our society. There are a lot of things you use daily and you didn’t even know it was a black person who invented it, well brace yourself because if black people didn’t help us throughout time, we would be nowhere. 1. Light bulb carbon filament– Lewis Latimer It is common knowledge that Thomas

New Science Building Open Now!

By Aaron Hurst- News Editor The highly anticipated Science Building on College Lane has opened in time for this academic year. It has been constructed in place of the CP Snow building, and will provide a new home for both the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Life Sciences. As well as hosting new social spaces and classes for those schools, this new addition to College Lane’s infrastructure possesses the most up-to-date teaching and research facilities, while being as env

Female Inventors You Should Have Learnt About in School

Image: Pexels.com [Bryony Wharfe | Contributing Writer] Everyone knows about Thomas Edison and his invention of the light bulb, Alexander Bell and his marvellous telephone, even Nikola Tesla who forged fluorescent light bulbs, X-rays, radios, lasers, wireless communication and limitless free energy (seriously this man is the bomb), but what about women? Which famous female inventors do you know about? None? One maybe two? Well here are seven of my favourites, and hopefully, t

2015/16 Inventions and Discoveries

Image: Kasia Sawicka [Leong Qi Tyng | Contributing Writer] Wondering what kinds of new and wonderful inventions and discoveries have crept into our lives recently? Here’s a short list of what’s been going on since 2015! Thinx: Period-proof Underwear by Miki & Radha Agrawal and Antonio Dunbar (USA & Sri Lanka) Image: www.shethinx.com I always wondered how female superheroes go about crime fighting on their period week. Do they have time for a quick change? Well, thanks to Thin

The Bayfordbury Observatory

[Lashara Van Heerden | Features Manager] Bayfordbury Observatory is the University of Hertfordshire’s astronomical and atmospheric remote sensing observatory. It’s where physicists study the stars, moon, planets and even the Earth’s own atmosphere. With state-of-the-art technology, such as seven large optical, individually-housed telescopes, four radio telescopes; including interferometer and high definition planetarium, it is plain to see that the people at the Observatory a

How gravity can leave you breathless

[Kealie Mardell | Media Coordinator] In 2012 I suffered from bilateral pulmonary emboli (blood clots on your lungs). A course of blood thinners and some lifestyle management tips and I was back on my feet six months later. Yet being on my feet was causing chest pain and shortness of breath. These symptoms are very similar to those which I experienced with the blood clots, and knowing that I’m likely to clot again, there have been many over-cautious trips to the hospital when

Seeing in colour: The Tetrachromacy myths

[Kat Clements | Contributing Writer] There’s a lot of myths and misinformation about seeing in colour. From online tests claiming to diagnose you with colour-blindness or tetrachromacy, to “fun fact” lists circulating lies or half-truths about people or animals who see colour differently, the internet – as always – is a mixed blessing. So we’ve rounded up a few of the biggest or coolest facts about colour vision for you to check out. Let’s start with the basics… How do we see

A healthy dose of science: From constellations to quakes

[Kat Clements | Contributing Writer] Working out what science stories matter and which ones are just a flash in the pan can be tricky, especially if you don’t have a science background. UniVerse is here to help with our regular roundup of the biggest news in science, environment and health. Space: The Final Frontier Hubble, the world’s favourite space telescope, recently celebrated its 25th birthday. It was launched in 1990, older than some of us, and it’s still working (whic

The international race to immortality is picking up pace

[Mohammed Afkhami | Contributing Writer] Its modern founder boldly proclaimed that, “The human species can, if it wishes, transcend itself — not just sporadically, an individual here in one way, an individual there in another way, but in its entirety, as humanity”. Years later, Francis Fukuyama, the political scientist that envisioned human progress as plateauing, called it the most dangerous idea. The subject that is the at the epicentre of all this high minded talk is the s

The wonderful world of physics: Experiments you can try at home

[Oliver Price | Contributing Writer] There’s a common myth about science that it’s inaccessible, that only boffins with three inch thick horn-rim glasses and lab coats can ever actually do science. You’d be forgiven for thinking this, considering the massive publicity of multi-million pound projects such as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and the the many stories from a certain tabloid newspaper about what does and does not cause cancer. But hope is not lost for those of us with

New font to help make a difference to the lives of dyslexia sufferers

[Taveena Atsu| Features Sub Editor] A new font called ‘Dyslexie’ has been designed by Dutch graphic designer Christian Boer to try and create a stress-free reading experience for others, like himself, who have dyslexia.  We give you an insight on the new font and interview Emma Diston, at Hertfordshire Disability Services, to get her thoughts on it. The font was originally created as part of Boer’s thesis whilst at Utrecht Art Academy, and changes the shapes of letters so tha

How to prepare yourself for the solar eclipse

[Oliver Price | News Sub Editor] On the 20th of March, the biggest solar eclipse since 1999 will occur across the UK. UniVerse had a chat with Mark Gallaway, the Principle Technical Officer at the University of Hertfordshire’s own Bayfordbury Observatory, about the eclipse. Mark Gallaway explained that, a solar eclipse is caused when “the Moon gets between the Earth and the Sun, and casts its shadow on the ground.” Essentially, the Sun will be almost completely blocked by the