Author Archives: Medicor Team

Natural Selection in the Human Body

By Oskar Swartling   After his voyage with the Beagle, Charles Darwin started to go through the massive amounts of notes he had written during the almost five year long trip around the world. With these notes, including a tree of life with the words ‘I think’ written above it, Darwin composed what would later be known as The Origin of ...

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Science Snippets

This issue’s round-up of science news By Jens Magnusson, Irina Pader, Iskra Pollak Dorocic   LANGUAGE EVOUTION LINKED TO CLIMATE If you’ve ever tried to learn Chinese, you might have found it difficult to master the fantastically varied pronunciation of its vowels. In contrast to English or Swedish, the tonal complexity of Chinese is very high. In a new study, ...

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Take the chance to present your undergraduate project at an international conference in Dublin

by Mimmi Mononen and Maria Movin   Last year, two students from Karolinska Institutet, Maria Movin and Mimmi Mononen, were nominated as highly commended for their undergraduate degree projects in an international competition, Undergraduate Awards, and attended the UA Global Summit in Dublin. Maria, a medical student, was nominated for her research on the impact of childhood asthma and atopy ...

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Obesity – A Ticking Bomb

by Haroon Bayani   In recent years several global conflicts have been escalated, resulting in tens of thousands being killed and several million having to flee from their homes. The civil war in Ukraine and the onslaught of Daesh in Syria are only fractions of all the conflicts in our world. While armed violence, war and terrorism have tremendous social ...

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Holi 2015 – The Festival of Colors at KI

by Erik Müllers   Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival also known as the festival of colors or the spring festival. It is a thanksgiving celebration for a good harvest and it celebrates the victory of the good over evil spirit Holika. Like the Valborg celebration in Sweden, it marks the end of the winter and the approaching of ...

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The King of Infotainment – Interview with Jesper Rönndahl

Jesper Rönndahl Turns Science into Stand-up Story by Johanna Tauriainen   / Photos by Martin Kjellberg   We meet up with Jesper Rönndahl in a photo-studio in a basement in Vasastan on a chilly February evening. He is tired, but cheerful, it has been an eventful week. Not only did he win this year’s edition of the Swedish TV quiz ...

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The history of chocolate

“They considered it a food of the divine realm…” by Parvin Kumar   Theobroma Cacao, food of the gods, hardly an exaggeration. Chocolate is a delicious and popular food group. If you’re not in agreement consider yourself uniquely extraordinary, mysterious or incomprehensible. Perhaps you’d rather wax lyrical about coffee. I grant you that. But now let’s talk about chocolates. Chocolate loving ...

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Creativity and Depression

Is there a link between them? by Douglas McBride   There has long been a link between creativity and depression. Pain and sorrow seem to be an inexhaustible source of inspiration for poetry, love songs and novels. Famous artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Kurt Cobain and, recently, Robin Williams all suffered from depression and ultimately chose to take their ...

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The Fighter – An Inspiring Interview with Nadja Casadei

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” by Filippa Grönqvist and Vera Berg / Photos by Martin Kjellberg The athlete that added another category of sports to her seven. By winning the fight against cancer she once again proved to herself and the world what one can accomplish with a determined mind-set. Eight months have passed since her last treatment ...

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In vitro meat: from science fiction to the future of food

Medicor talks to the creator of the world’s most expensive hamburger about the technology and ethics behind lab-grown meat. by Iskra Pollak Dorocic   Would you eat a hamburger that was grown from stem cells in a lab? Does it sound appetizing in any way? Chances are you would say no.  I thought so too until I spoke to Mark ...

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