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This issue’s round-up of science news By Iskra Pollak Dorocic & Irina Pader   IMPLANTING HAPPY MEMORIES A bit reminiscent of the movie Inception, scientists have managed to enter the brain of a mouse while it is sleeping and implant new memories. The extraordinary feat was accomplished by recording the animal’s brain activity during sleep and associating a specific activation ...

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Not afraid to start from scratch

By Anna Vidina and Sarah Wideman   Would you be ready to carry out an ambitious project from basically nothing to begin with? It takes enthusiasm, courage and lots of work. That is exactly what iGEM teams sign up for every year. Why? Let us see. iGEM stands for international Genetically Engineered Machine and it is an international science competition ...

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Dreaming with lucidity

By Sibel Ilter   “Lucid dreaming has considerable potential for promoting personal growth and self-development, enhancing self-confidence, improving mental and physical health, facilitating creative problem solving and helping you to progress on the path to self-mastery.” – Stephen LaBerge What does it mean to be aware of your dreamful state in a dream? A dream you experience in your sleep ...

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Waiting in Line

The Issue of Organ Donation in Sweden and How to Tackle it Story by Oskar Swartling / Photos by Martin Kjellberg and Helena Wahlman   “It is very hard to describe the waiting”, Martha Ehlin says. “It is so incredibly difficult to be on the waiting list. I usually describe it as a living nightmare. There is so much uncertainty. ...

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The First Successful Uterus Transplantation

– Opening a new era of reproductive medicine By Mimmi Mononen Contraception and in-vitro fertilization have reformed reproductive medicine and currently benefit families, women and men all around the world by addressing their predicaments concerning family planning and childlessness. Approval of the first contraceptive pill dates back to 1960 following the discovery of synthetic progesterone a decade earlier. Two decades ...

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The Buzzing Killer

We know the cause and cure of malaria. Why do we still have it around? By Devy Elling Challenges that arise from diseases that emerge amongst the poorest in the population are yet to be understood. For many of these diseases, cures and vaccines have already been developed, and are ready for commercial markets. However, many life-threatening and endemic diseases ...

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Mindfulness Through Meditation and Breathing

Bear yourself in mind for a better (or potentially worse) life By Halima Hassan   Nobel Laureate, Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, suggests that in order to lengthen your cellular lifespan, and thus your life, you should consider adopting the practice of mindfulness. In several scientific studies, it has been observed that this activity can help those suffering from depression and anxiety ...

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Is there a violent extremist profile?

What research suggests about individuals who turn to extremist violence. By James Salisi His name was Islam Yaken, a young and educated man from a middle class family in Cairo, Egypt.  He had been dubbed as the “hipster jihadi”, a moniker people used to draw attention to the dissonance between his background and his path to extremist violence.  He was ...

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Coffee Hours with S.O.G.H

S.O.G.H. Swedish Organization for Global Health Text by Sibel Ilter / Photos by Anna Vidina The profound adherence to caffeine among students and staff of the Karolinska Institute is not a myth and – for that very special group of coffee fanatics who are yet to find out – neither is the chatter of the freshly brewed KI hour, the “Coffee ...

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Breaking the Taboo: The True Face of ‘Three Parent Babies’

The Science Behind the Procedure by Halima Hassan   On February 3rd, politicians in the UK came together to become the first country to approve a motion that would change the limits of assistive reproductive technology forever.  The mitochondrial donation in vitro fertilization technique, more popularly referred to as the ‘three parent babies’ technique, is a procedure which allows couples to ...

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