Author: stephenarkley

What does this picture mean for the future of science?

On Wednesday 10th April 2019, astronomers from Chile, Shanghai, Japan, Tapei and the United States of America  revealed the first photograph of a black hole. The black hole in question is at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy, 55 million light years from Earth. It measures 40 billion km across- three million times the size of Earth, and 6.5 billion times the mass of our Sun. Not only is the photograph an amazing feat of human ingenuity but it also confirms Einstein’s theory of General Relativity: gravity is the consequence of the warping of space-time. This is not just...

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International Women’s Day: Trans-women Everybody Should Know About

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the achievements of women across the world in the fight for equal rights, and basic dignity and recognition. While we rightly celebrate the achievements of amazing cis-women such as Malala Yousafzai, Millicent Fawcett, Emily Davidson, Constance Markievicz and Rosa Luxemburg, we can often ignore the equally amazing achievements of trans-women across history. With transwomen being marginalized and alienated from the feminist movement by conservatives and trans-exclusionary feminists alike, it is worth looking at some of the famous trans-women activists across history we’re likely to never hear of. Marsha P Johnson (1945-1992): This should be...

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What the left can learn from Parks and Recreation

When it comes to the summer holidays, most people decide to go abroad, to sink themselves into hobbies, or to get wasted on a beach in Malaga. Some do productive things like getting internships or applying for their dream job. These people have a multitude of things going for them: friends, life ambitions, hopes, security, job prospects, an actual sleep pattern. Then there’s me. I decided to investigate the far-left over the summer. Before you ask, I did go abroad over the summer and worked for a good portion of it too. That still left me with plenty of...

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250,000 join the ‘Carnival of Resistance’ against Trump

Friday the 13th is unlucky for some and last Friday it proved most unfortunate for President Trump with a quarter of a million people protesting throughout London and even more across the country rallying together in response to his state visit. People came from far and wide, from Glasgow, to Newcastle, to Liverpool, ranging from socialists and liberals, to quakers and pacifists. As somebody who had been to neither London before nor any political protest outside of the now heavily commercialised Pride parades, the trip proved an interesting look into the ‘Carnival of Resistance’ that has been growing across...

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TERF Wars: Why Transphobia and Feminism Do Not Work Together

This article contains content discussing transphobia that some readers may find distressing. I find myself as a student becoming more and more obsessed with radical movements. Having already done a previous article on the Alt-Right I thought it might be fun to embrace this morbid curiosity and to extend it; to become the Sphinx’s Louis Theroux, using my nervous demeanour to awkwardly investigate more radical movements, to see what draws people in and expose them for what they are. One particularly ugly radical movement that has bubbled up in recent years have been TERF’s (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists) and while they...

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