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Detecting Ripples in Spacetime: What It Means and Why It Matters

Since childhood, I have had an unashamed love of sci-fi films. Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Alien, Metropolis, The Terminator, The Matrix… all these I watched over and over, enthralled by their visions of the universe with…

Free Market Farming?

In a speech at the WWF Living Planet Centre in July, Michael Gove, Secretary of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has promised that the UK will continue to pay out the current EU subsidies of £3bn until 2022. In this…

Your Data is Valuable – You Owe Yourself Cyber Self-Defence

Data breach; millions of account details leaked; a board-member resigns into a cushy retirement plan; we move on. The same routine plays out on an ever-increasing basis. Despite this, few of us adopt new measures to protect ourselves in response.…

Pay Me for My Data

You are walking to your home, having a chat with a friend. As you walk, you talk about everything around you: “I love this store”, “Yeah but I wouldn’t buy that thing”, and so it goes. Out of nowhere you…

Issues With Our Ageing Nuclear Plants

With climate change high on the agenda, investments in renewables are increasing. When it comes to nuclear energy, though, the path forward is a bit unclear, especially in terms of waste disposal. When most of Europe’s nuclear power plants were…

1. Game Theory: The Case of the Mystery Pad

Written by anon I was a late bloomer. By the time I got to my third year of undergrad, I was living abroad for the first time, studying in France. I still had not had sex. I had gone out with…

Innovation: Read It and Weep, Bitch

‘The City is dead! Long live Innovation!’ are the words we hoped would be cried out around campus last week as The Beaver added another twig to its nest of revitalisation. However, as of yet, we have still not received…

An American Fish in British Waters

As an American General Course student, I would say that the beginning of my study abroad experience at LSE can only be described as what it must feel like to wake up in a different dimension or wake up from…

Insured to Perfection

Insurance markets are notoriously imperfect. The incomplete information available to the insurer means high risk individuals are able to pass as low risk. Big data is changing this. As technology develops, firms are increasingly able to accurately track a range…

How to Survive Being a Fresher

Freshers is a daunting thought for some. Will I make any friends? Will my new friends be anywhere near as cool as my home mates who can flatten Fosters cans on their head? Is it true that at LSE we…

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