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Keep calm and brunch on

There are only two reasons to get out of bed on the weekend: Scheduled laundry & Brunch. Story by: Olivia Miossec Oh the glorious brunch, the young hipster’s favourite meal of the day. It is simultaneously the perfect cure for that ‘one rum coke too many’ hangover and a much needed push to start the dissertation writing day. Luckily for ...

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The March for Science

On April 22, something truly remarkable happened. Scientists and non-scientists alike marched in protest in more than six hundred locations around the world, including Stockholm. Never before have the advocates of science been so united, and so public in their concern. What prompted this extraordinary event? Story by: Matthijs Dorst The troubled history of Science Let’s take a step back. ...

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The Significance of Pride in One of The World’s Most Progressive Countries

On the last Friday of July,  Queerolinska raised the rainbow flag at Karolinska Institutet, marking the start of Pride Week. In a matter of days, Stockholm will transform, and the (in)famous Swedish reservedness will be replaced by the glorious song and celebration befitting the hosting of EuroPride 2018. All around Europe, plenty of progress has been made concerning LGBTQ+ rights ...

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IGEM Stockholm rocks Boston: A gold medal, a nomination and countless memories

The 15 students of iGEM Stockholm have spent most of 2017 researching bacteria, raising money, talking to biotech companies, designing logos, collaborating, organising seminars and much more. After 10 months of hard (but fun!) work, they finally got to reap the reward at the final conference in Boston where they were awarded a gold medal for an excellent research project ...

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Where did my creativity go? … and how do I get it back?

Creativity, noun. Stems from the adjective creative. It is common knowledge that creativity describes the ability to produce ideas and items with originality and artistry. Yet, creativity is much easier defined than executed. Story by: Anna Boystova & Isabelle Wemar A prime example of this, is that we began this article with a definition of the word creativity, rather than ...

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Global surgery: moving from the neglected stepchild to central aspect of global health

Hans Rosling rightly spread the message that the world is rapidly improving. The Millennium Development Goals successfully highlighted fundamental health problems and resulted in increased access to basic healthcare in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) (1). But the recent global health discourse has missed out on conditions affecting billions (2). We call for an urgent paradigm shift and enlightenment of an overlooked ...

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A short introduction to Swedish literature

It is said that the best way to get to know a country is to read its literature. Actually, that is not a saying yet, but it should be one! Because what can be more informative than what a nation’s finest have put in print? When asked what Swedish books they know, many people will probably only come up with ...

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Science snippets

Story by: Joanna Kritikou Remember the ice bucket challenge? It actually directly funded a major breakthrough in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research. Whole-exome analyses of 1,022 familial ALS (FALS) cases and 7,315 controls were conducted, making it the largest ever study of genetically inherited ALS. Researchers identified a significant association between loss-of-function NEK1 variants and FALS risk. Even though NEK1 ...

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The Glasgow effect: the power of vulnerability

Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland – the cultural hub of the country. Emerging from the 20th century, and characterised by heavy industry, the city now also hosts an exciting music, arts and nightlife scene, drawing from its rich and deep-rooted traditions. But the city has a darker side – a mystery that has plagued epidemiologists for a number of years. ...

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From footnote to headline: A yellow fever outbreak.

Out of sight, out of mind. That’s the painful lesson yellow fever has taught us. Story by: Devy Elling In December 2015, a case of yellow fever in Luanda, Angola was detected. This was the first case that birthed a full blown outbreak in Angola and its neighbouring countries. Distant countries like China have also reported cases of yellow fever ...

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