The Butler Scholarly Journal


  1. Dragons on Mars

    On May 25th of this year, one of the most significant milestones of the space age was achieved. An unmanned spacecraft, Dragon, docked with the International Space Station: the first commercial vehicle to do so. Dragon is a transportation space craft, designed and built by the private organisation SpaceX, which has been collaborating with NASA since […]

  2. Finding a “New Earth”

    A new “Super-Earth” has just been discovered orbiting a dwarf star in our galaxy only 42 light years away. Although this sounds like a huge distance, when compared to the size of our galaxy it is not that far at all. The planet HD40307g is one of 3 new planets found to be orbiting the […]

  3. Why is Mathematics important?

    Firstly, let me clarify what is meant by Mathematics. It isn’t the addition and subtraction that we use every day to work out how much money we’re spending at Tesco – that’s arithmetic and we can all understand how that is important. This article will focus on high level mathematics – really abstract weird stuff – and […]

  4. What does Ireland remember?

    Recent British and Irish headlines read “Irish politician Frank Feighan wears Poppy in Dáil.” “Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Enniskillen remembrance tribute” and “McClean refuses to wear poppy on eve of Remembrance Sunday as Sunderland suffer defeat.” The significance of these headlines cannot be underestimated. This was the first time a remembrance poppy has been seen […]

  5. Why Romney lost the election

    Despite the economic downturn, high unemployment and low presidential approval ratings, Mitt Romney and his Republicans were unable to secure an election victory or regain control of the Senate. Whilst exit polls indicate that voters viewed that Obama as “more for the middle class”, with Romney tilting to the interests of the rich, many Republicans […]


    Hear what Taha Abrar has to say on the election as it happens. Link to a Live Commentary on the Presidential Election, straight from the sofas of Butler Bar: >>>Election Live<<< Election Commentary 4pm-5am Tuesday November 6, 2012 4:03 BSJ: Hello and welcome to the Josephine Butler Scholarly Journal’s US Presidential Election Blog! Ever since Rick Santorum’s […]

  7. Why all the excitement?

    In the 1960 US presidential election the main theme of John F. Kennedy’s campaign was ‘a time for greatness’. Arguably during that period the US was at its most powerful; it had yet to set foot in the jungles of Vietnam for a start. But the election this year, along with being highly negative, has […]

  8. An Election Overview

    I have been asked to write a few lines about the American election. Instead of trying to cover everything I have decided to write a little bit about a few issues and put some links down so you can read more if you want to. I decided to put a few of my opinions down in […]

  9. ‘Ohio holds the key’

    The newspapers are filled with headlines such as ‘Romney ahead 50% to 47%’ or ‘Obama levels at 48-48’. Despite these national polls dominating our news, they are largely irrelevant. We should instead look at around eight swing states, with none more important than Ohio. Having only backed a losing candidate twice since 1900, whoever wins […]

  10. ‘In Obama We Trust’?

    A wise woman once remarked of Barack Obama, ‘how’s that hopey-changey stuff workin’ out for ya?’ While this quotation derives, unfortunately, from Sarah Palin, it does quite pertinently satirise Obama’s struggle to build upon his expansive campaign rhetoric of 2008; ‘Yes We Can’ has become the rather less catchy ‘Yes We Could Have Done If The Republicans […]