Author: Matthew Jaffa

Electrolux Design Lab 2015

Submissions are now open for Electrolux’s Design Lab Competition: a concept design competition for design students across the world. This year’s theme is ‘Healthy Happy Kids’ and it focuses on three key areas of innovation for future households: cooking, fabric care and air purification. Students are asked to submit a description and visual sketch illustrating the idea with a description of the possible consumer benefits. Submissions are evaluated on key areas including innovation, aesthetics and intuitiveness. First prize will receive €10,000 and 6 months paid internship at Electrolux, a Scandinavian-based, global company specialising in professional and household appliances. Second...

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The Best Pi Day of Our Lives

    Every year on 14th March, we (or at least a very small number, probably only maths students) celebrate Pi Day. This is when the day and month match up to form the first 3 digits of the mathematical constant ‘Pi.’ Of course, this only works using the American (read ‘wrong’) method of dating whereby the month is put before the day. 14th March = 3/14 = 3.14 However, tomorrow, at exactly 9:26:53am and pm, we will experience a once in a lifetime event. An’exact’ Pi day. This means that not only will the day and month correspond with Pi,...

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2015 Guild Elections: Why Vote?

It’s finally that time of year: the time of year when we students get to exercise our democratic rights and vote for next year’s SRO. But does anyone really care? What is an SRO? SRO stands for ‘Student Representative Officer.’ It is a salaried role and, according to the Liverpool Guild website, they “exist to make progress by identifying the important issues for students and working with each other, student volunteers, and a team of professional staff to make change happen.” Do students care about the election? Almost 22,000 students are enrolled at the University of Liverpool. But how...

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The Science of Love

Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vex’d a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears: What is it else? a madness most discreet, A choking gall and a preserving sweet. -Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare   Love is potent. Love is unreasonable. Love is stupid. But the truth is, we all love…love… Down the ages, humankind has been captivated by the many facets of love. We marvel at its beauty when we watch Elizabeth fall in love with Mr Darcy, and its destructiveness when we realise that the siege...

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The 42nd Henry Cohen Lecture: A chance to explore the Liverpool Medical Institute

Have you ever noticed that old, worn building next to the Font and on the corner of Hope Street and Mount Pleasant? The Liverpool Medical Institute (LMI) sits there, squat, laden down with almost two centuries of soot and dirt obscuring the beautiful sandstone pillars. When I embarked on my journey to attend the 42nd Henry Cohen Lecture on the 27th October, I had no idea of what awaited me inside… To the majority of students, the name ‘Henry Cohen’ doesn’t mean much at all. If you are familiar with the name, chances are you know it as the...

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