Tag Archives: Debate

A Cure for Cancer on the Horizon

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By Emma Bryan

As seen in Pegasus Pages (Summer 2014)

A sensitive topic for many, cancer, develops in 14.1 million people worldwide each year, and this number is expected to increase to 24 million by 2035. Both human and veterinary medicine are affected, with one in four dogs and one in six cats also being diagnosed in their lifetime. However, new medical advances in the field of immuno-oncology could have the potential to wipe out cancer, using the body’s own natural defences. Cancer is essentially caused by an error in the copying of genetic material when cells are replicated. The human genome is about 3 billion base pairs long and just one mutation could lead to uncontrolled division. For example, a mutation in the p53 gene during DNA replication might mean that the DNA sequence is not “checked” for errors, therefore division happens at a faster rate and produces cancer cells.

Three Cheers for Democracy

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By Francesca Speke

As seen in Pegasus Pages (Summer 2014)

Nowadays, we seem to have a pre-conception that democracy is simply the best thing for everyone. We must implement it here, there and everywhere, in our quest to ‘bring justice and equality to all nations.’ But I want to put to you this question: is democracy really the answer? It cannot be denied that democracy has worked in more developed countries, such as the UK, the USA and much of Western Europe, and is an entirely plausible political system.

You Don’t Have to Burn Bras to be a Feminist

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By Naomi Morris Omori

Recently, someone said to me: “Naomi, you’ve become a lot more ‘outwardly feminist’ in the past two years.” Yes, and I’m proud of it.

What annoys me intensely is that there is a black name against feminism and that many people are therefore ashamed of calling themselves feminists – both men and women. They do not understand what being a feminist means: it means believing that men and women are equal. Not superior, but equal.

Why I Shouldn’t Have the Vote

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By Megan Thresh

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2014)

Labour & Lib Dems are trying to lower the voting age to 16, rather than 18.

Imagine as a parent being told to hand over the keys of your new, shiny car to your 16-year old for a test drive. They have been given no prior instructions – they can take that car wherever they would like, and no, you are not sitting in the passenger seat. In other words, they have full control. How optimistic are you feeling about the return of your vehicle?

If you would have felt reluctance at handing over control of your car to your teenager, on what planet would you feel comfortable handing over control at the polling booth? They have no understanding – they can do whatever they want, and no, you are not sitting in the passenger seat.

Blurred Lines: Nature vs Nurture

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Emma Bryan explains that the foods you eat, the amount of sleep you get, the attitude you adopt could affect your own genes – and even the genes of your great-grandchildren. (As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2014)

DNA is a brilliant molecule. In just about three billion base pairs, it can code for the (approximately) 250,000 proteins in the human body, as well as the three types of RNA required to synthesize these proteins. But if the genome itself wasn’t clever enough, attached to every DNA molecule are sets of chemical “tags” that determine the extent of coiling of the DNA molecule, and therefore which genes are expressed and which proteins formed. Collectively, they are known as the epigenome.

Is Space Exploration a Blast Best in the Past?

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By Francesca Speke

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, December 2013)

Ever since the Babylonians’ identification of the planets in our solar system, man has been both enthralled and perplexed by the seemingly never-ending expanse that surrounds us. We have made it our mission to familiarise ourselves with the massive space that envelopes us, to assert the human race onto every possible place we see fit. However, with billions of dollars being spent on space research annually, there comes a point when one must ask the question: what is it all for?

Hand Dryers: A Load of Hot Air?

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By Rebecca MacKay

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, December 2013.)

Some of you are going to dislike this article. Why?

I’m going to advocate the use of paper. I know. Global Warming, the polar bears, the melting ice, the toxins in our atmosphere that will all ultimately result in the total destruction of society as we know it within the next week.

Superstition – Fictitious Rubbish or Worth Listening To?

It’s Friday the 13th so this couldn’t be more apt. But is there any point in believing in superstitions? This is the question which Emma Bryan asks us.

You’ve probably heard that a black cat crossing your path will give you bad fortune and that finding a penny will bring good luck. But did you know that eating grapes on New Year’s Eve in Spain will bring a successful year, whilst drinking the water inside a coconut will make you into a fool, according to South African belief? Whistling inside will bring bad luck in Russia and here in England, wearing green is traditionally regarded as unlucky because it is associated with decay and ageing.

Looking Back on Controversial Summer Tunes

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As it’s chilly December, we thought we’d let you reminisce about the music of those summer days of blissful sunshine. ‘Tofe Ayeni puts some of the most talked-about songs and albums of last summer under the magnifying glass.

A Word (or Two) on Robin Thicke

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By Safa

My first impression on Robin Thicke is not a favourable one. This is none of his fault, as he cannot help the way that he fundamentally looks, but I still cannot warm to him, at all. The reason is because his face looks like Simon Cowell’s, sans Botox and ever-present lascivious smirk.  Well, maybe the second part is untrue, because once I saw the Blurred Lines video, his future became horrifyingly clear: the rag mag covers, proclamations of how much he enjoyed ‘last night’ with both dwarf sisters, or garden gnomes, or Katie Price/Amanda Bynes (the American Version).

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