Tag Archives: History

A Cure for Cancer on the Horizon

Cancer

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 Men on a Sofa

Three Men on a Sofa

By Sasha Kirienko

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2013) and the Gloucestershire Echo (29th January, 2014).

The long awaited clash between a philosopher, a scientist, and an historian took place on a Thursday evening on the 21st November, as organised by the Philosophy Society. Personally, I was very intrigued by the posters up around  College, inviting girls to come and witness “Three Men on a Sofa” debating some of the world’s most difficult and puzzling questions. On the sofa (quite literally), there were three “men” – or rather, two men, namely Mr Stacey and Mr Hoole, and a brave woman who took up the challenging task of opposing two humanities teachers, Mrs Dowdall.

Jenny Laurence’s School of Sound: Soul & Motown

Martha Reeves

By Jenny Laurence

I was recently browsing in a music shop when I realised that my personal collection of Soul classics (particularly from Motown) was rather lacking, considering that I enjoy the music so much. So, as you might be able guess, I bought a 3-CD compilation. Having listened to it all day, I felt like I should share it with you all so it isn’t lost in the folds of time, or my ever-growing CD collection…

Quantum Mechanics for Dummies: Thomas Young

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Georgie McDonald returns to confuzzle our brains (or unfuzzle, if you are scientifically inclined). Be warned ― it’s not for the easily mindblown!

I previously told you about Einstein’s theory of ‘spooky action at a distance,’ which might have left your brain in a tangled mess. So, to get your brain back in gear for the next article in this series, here is a riddle:

I am the first you ever saw, what greets you every morning, and what goes out in the end. What am I?

Jenny Laurence’s School of Sound: Jazz

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By Jenny Laurence

Good day!

And if today isn’t a good day, then I hope to change that with this brief introduction into the sound that is Jazz – the second genre which I’m exploring in my journey through the best music of the 20th Century.

Jazz is a genre that’s hard to define. It has been present for just over 100 years, and developed from the fusion between European and African music over in America. It is arguably one of the most spontaneous genres of music, and truly reveals the type of musician behind the performance. It ranges from Ragtime, right at the beginning of Jazz’s history, through to New Orleans Jazz and the ‘Jazz Age’ in the ‘30s, Bebop in the ‘50s to Smooth Jazz in the ‘80s. However, Jazz can easily be mixed with anything. Jazz musicians and bands are possibly the most frequent users of saxophones, the double bass, trombones, and trumpets, and you will often find Jazz pieces being beautifully played on the bridges of London or in tuxed-up, swish, green-leather restaurants.

Jenny Laurence’s School of Sound: ‘70s Discothèque

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By Jenny Laurence

In this new weekly feature, I’ll be showcasing some of the best music of the past century. Our first lesson in the School of Sound: ‘70s Disco.

Disco was a genre discovered in the ‘70s as a reaction against the domination of rock music and the stigmatisation for dance music. Its initial audience comprised of African-Americans, Latinos, gay, and psychedelic people, and had influences from funk, Latin, and soul music, with an intense bass guitar presence. However, this great era did not last long. The American-based genre was drowned out by the rock and punk fans who staged a very physical anti-disco protest in the Chicago White Sox Arena in 1979.

Controversy in Art or the Art of Controversy?

How Ya Like Me Now - Hammonds

By Ellie Clarke

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

Much of the art that, in the past, has sparked outrage has been a product of the artist’s interpretation of an outrageous period of history. For David Hammons in 1988, his work was a response to the Civil Rights Movement. Having received a commission from the Washington Project of the Arts to create a piece of work appropriate for their exhibition on black culture and modernism, Hammons took a central figure of the movement, Jesse Jackson, and manipulated his billboard painting to feature Jackson as white, blond-haired, blue-eyed, and juxtaposed with the rap slogan ‘How Ya Like Me Now?’ by iconic eighties rapper, Kool Moe Dee.

A Week of Words: Saturday Finale, Finally

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By Becky Todd

The ‘A Week of Words’ series comes to an end and Becky rounds off what has been an enlightening journey for us all. Bathe in the knowledge that you know more about etymology, perhaps one of the world’s most useful and up-and-coming fields of study, than you did previously.

Saturday

“How can I rejoice that Exeat that has come at last? I don’t want a lie-in and a prep-less evening!” –No-one, ever.

A Week of Words: It’s Friday, Friday

An emotional sight

By Becky Todd

Our quest for knowledge in the ‘A Week of Words’ series continues as we are led once again by Becky and her humourous remarks  through the depths of etymology (if you don’t know what this word means by now, you really should read this) and beyond.

Thursday and Friday

“It’s Friday, Friday. Gotta get down on Friday. Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend.”  Ancient Greek philosopher, a long time ago

A Week of Words: Half Way There

By Becky Todd

Our quest for knowledge, along this ‘A Week of Words’ journey, continues as we delve further into the not-so-weak terminology of the weekly calendar.

Tuesday and Wednesday

“Tuesday is a good thing. It means that you’ve survived Monday.”

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