Jason Murugesu, New Statesman

Jason Murugesu

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Past articles by Jason:

The scientific reason why January lasts forever

The feeling that it is the longest month, on the surface at least, makes no sense. → Read More

After NUS cuts, will the student voice still be heard in the UK?

Number of sabbatical officers cut from 19 to seven, and permanent workforce halved, in response to £3 million deficit → Read More

Our interaction with seagulls may be why they take our chips in the first place

We need to think about the broader implications of how we affect the personality of wild animals. → Read More

Will we ever stamp out smoking entirely?

A government paper recently laid out plans to eradicate smoking by 2030. Is that feasible? → Read More

Does your crush notice you wearing that same outfit the whole time?

I am a vain man. When I am late to something, it is usually because I have spent too long in the mirror trying to get my hair to look just right (so that it looks like I haven’t tried). And so, I instinctively think people will notice everything about my outfit, and judge me for wearing the same outfits again and again. But am I right? I tentatively broach the topic with my friends to see if… → Read More

The sugar tax works, and calling it a “sin tax” plays into Boris Johnson’s hands

Shaming people into changing their lifestyle is a lot less effective than nudging them in the right direction. → Read More

“Dogs have hijacked our evolutionary tendencies”: the science of finding things cute

If something is cute because it looks like a baby, why do so many people find dogs cuter? → Read More

“This is not feelings camp”: my week at the Edinburgh Fringe with a university sketch show

By the end of this story, one member of UCL Graters will end up in A&E, and it will be my fault. → Read More

“We are NOT carrying out secret trials”: the Gateshead Council street light conspiracy theory

Some believe the council is creating “a dystopian world” with 3D maps of homes, to instantly issue residents fines for using the wrong bins. → Read More

The snowflake Daily Mail cries over free market capitalism taking our blue passports

UK, hun? → Read More

The science behind why the sugar tax is a good idea

Some sweet tooths were sour about the idea of paying more for their sugar. → Read More

Why are there so few black and Asian cyclists in London?

Only seven per cent of the capital’s cyclists come from ethnic minority groups. → Read More

Job opportunity at the New Statesman: Tech and digital culture writer

The New Statesman is looking for a new staff writer for its award-winning website. → Read More

What the university staff strike reveals about our broken higher education system

The marketisation of our universities is facing its biggest opposition yet. → Read More

What Pancake Day and the royal wedding have in common

We care about Pancake Day because everybody else cares about Pancake Day, because we prefer eating to working, and because it gives us a sense of belonging. → Read More

Why do we know so little about how to cure loneliness?

The science of loneliness is complicated. → Read More

The scientific reason why January lasts forever

The feeling that it is the longest month, on the surface at least, makes no sense. → Read More

Climate change means more and more sea turtles are female. Is that a bad thing?

In certain parts of the Great Barrier Reef, 99 per cent of the sea turtles are female. → Read More

Why science says doing Dry January is good for you, even if you don’t quite succeed

Even failed attempts at not drinking can have positive results. → Read More

A touching mystery: why do scientists struggle to make bionic limbs feel?

Scientists have developed the first bionic arm that can feel, but they are yet to master touch. → Read More