Be Mindful this Halloween

With Halloween fast approaching, the hunt for the wackiest and most creative costumes is on! If you’re ahead of the game and have already chosen your costume, maybe it would be worth considering if it could stigmatise or offend an entire community…

Dressing up as a stereotype of another race, ethnic group or religion is ignorant of the traditions and heritage behind cultural customs. There is an inherent difference in appreciating and understanding another culture (whilst valuing the significance it holds historically) as opposed to using someone’s identity as a costume intended to be ‘scary’ or ‘funny’. Even if your intention was not malicious, such costumes may cause offence.

The University of Nottingham is an accepting university that prides itself on the diversity of its students. UoNSU is a union of students of many faiths, cultures, beliefs and nationalities. Please be thoughtful and considerate of others and don’t to be offensive in your choice of costume.

Aqeelah and Moonisah (BME Officers)

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Astronomers using data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescopes and other telescopes have performed an accurate census of the number of galaxies in the Universe. The group came to the surprising conclusion that there are at least 10 times as many galaxies in the observable Universe as previously thought. The results have clear implications for our understanding of galaxy formation, and also help solve an ancient astronomical paradox—why is the sky dark at night?

One of the most fundamental questions in astronomy is that of just how many galaxies the Universe contains. The Hubble Deep Field images, captured in the mid 1990s, gave the first real insight into this. Myriad faint galaxies were revealed, and it was estimated that the observable Universe contains about 100 billion galaxies. Now, an international team, led by Christopher Conselice from the University of Nottingham, UK, have shown that this figure is at least ten times too low.

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