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What makes a scientist? Antonie van Leeuwenhoes and the lenses that changed our view of the world.

Scientists do science. Artists make art. Writers write. Right? You cannot get scientific credit without the long slog through a lengthy education, and dodging the daily struggles of academia. Or can you? What happens when contributions come from an “outsider”? What makes a scientist? And who decides? Story by: Caitrin Crudden In the 17th century, our view of the world ...

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Snus: The holy grail of tobacco consumption

Story By; Saket Millind Nigam The ‘Swedish Experience’ (noun): An observation that switching smokers to snus may be an effective harm reduction approach With the music thumping and speakers well on their way to a rattling, self-destructive end, I fought my way through the crowds of a posh Östermalm club. My cousin and his friends – too cool to dance ...

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Georg Klein: A life driven by curiosity

During his life, Georg lived through a world war, escaped a communist regime, built up a world leading research institution where cutting edge research was done for decades and inspired a generation of successful scientists before passing away at 91 years of age.   Story by: Benedek Bozoky In 1944, he was still a 19-year-old Jewish-Hungarian teenager in Budapest. The ...

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A scientific glimpse into a perpetual battle

In the 1960s Summer Olympic Games in Rome, Danish cyclist Knud Enemark Jensen collapsed during a road race and died of an alleged overdose of amphetamines and a vasodilator that he took as performance enhancers. The case raised an international discussion that swelled into the very first doping scandal. The war on doping had officially begun. Story By; Marianna Tampere ...

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Science snippets

Story By; Yildiz Kelahmetoglu & Ben Libberton Alzheimer drug that treats your teeth Researchers at King’s College London have found a natural way of repairing tooth cavities without the need for cement filling. A drug developed to treat Alzheimer’s disease also happened to regenerate dentine, a mineralized material that protects the tooth, by stimulating stem cells contained in the tooth ...

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Exercise in a pill: A distant dream or the near future?

Story By; Yildiz Kelahmetoglu & Ben Libberton Exercised muscle will help eliminate substances that can accumulate in the brain under stress or pathological conditions and can be toxic to your brain – Associate Professor Jorge Ruas It’s the future and it’s time to work out. You’re not going to a gym of course. Such barbaric practices have been banned for ...

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Summer Outside Sweden

Written by: Ronan McCabe As I write this, in the closing days of April, it feels like Sweden’s climate is playing a cruel game with us. The flux between sun and hope, and snow and despair, is seemingly endless. I take comfort in the small gradations of seasonal promise: the soon-to-blossom buds developing in the trees, the daffodils embracing their ...

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Connecting through words: The power of conversation

Have you ever met somebody for the first time and felt it was impossible to get the conversation to flow? We have all been there, and some of us tend to struggle with this more than others. But even for those of you who normally feel at ease chatting with people, have you ever wondered: how good are you really ...

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Vågar du prata svenska?: 8 ways to overcome the anxiety of speaking Swedish

If you are trying to learn Swedish, you may have already discovered that this is no small feat. There are free courses you can take (Swedish for immigrants or [email protected]), as well as a range of apps and websites (Duolingo, Memrise, Rosetta Stone), which will boost your reading, vocabulary, and grammar skills. But daring to incorporate speaking Swedish in your ...

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Private space exploration: Will SpaceX take us where no one has gone before?

SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation) is a company that develops space rockets to send payloads, containing cargo or passengers, into space. SpaceX’s ultimate vision is to give people the opportunity to live on other planets, with Mars as the first goal. The company is currently working to land a spacecraft on Mars as early as 2018. Story By: Patrick Bjärterot ...

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