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Nanotechnology in medicine

How can this multifunctional technique improve quality of life? By Eveline Shevin “It is so exciting that I want to use all my time effectively to be able to contribute, life is so short!” says young Maria Strømme, professor in Nanotechnology at Uppsala University in Sweden. She wants to revolutionize the world with her new discovery – and join the ...

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HeLa: The cells that changed the world

By Caitrin Crudden Becoming accustomed to science textbooks can lead us into the false idea that scientific discoveries are very ordered and neatly progressive events, yet the truth, which is often left to one side, is the very human nature of scientific discovery and progress. Most science accomplishments or milestones are really a rich story of human desire, dedication, collaboration ...

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The Inner Critic

Can neuroscience explain our relationship with art? By Euan Mackay   Miracle Science It seems there’s nothing neuroscience can’t do. Promoted as a panacea, neuroscience has been tipped as the future of understanding the human condition. We live in the era of fMRI, where it is possible to investigate brain activity in response to external stimuli. As such, researchers increasingly ...

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Mirror-touch synaesthesia: a cursed superpower

A rare neurological condition, mirror-touch synaesthesia has often been dismissed as fanciful. But for those living with the condition, the symptoms are all too real. By Olivia Miossec   “Don’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes” This sentence illustrates perfectly what empathy is. It is not observing someone’s emotion from a safe distance; it is transposing ...

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Black holes – Into the unknown?

Lost in the abyss, deep endless space, interstellar travel, an enigmatic portal to another dimension… It begins here in science-fiction, but a black hole translates far beyond mere fantasy. With a history of contention, the answer to a debated phenomenon becomes closer and closer: what is a black hole and what occurs within? By Sarah Marshall Current Understanding A black ...

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Science Snippets

This issue’s round-up of science news By Joanna Kritikou   SNEEZING: THE SHAPES OF SNOT You probably knew that a sneeze is pretty gross, but how gross exactly is explained in a recent study by researchers at MIT. They used high-speed cameras to capture what happens during a sneeze. They discovered that when people sneeze they eject fluids in compact ...

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Science Snippets

This issue’s round-up of science news By Joanna Kritikou   CANCEROUS PARASITES? In a recently published case report, a man plagued by HIV succumbed to tumors in his lungs and liver. This makes sense since HIV patients are severely immunocompromised. What was unusual, however, was that the cancer cells appeared smaller in size and turned out to be of non-human origin. The man was ...

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Bacterial Buddies: Are we afraid of the right things?

The power of the tiny little organisms that are inside and on you By Jessica de Loma Olson Concerned about that extra kilo that always haunts you, no matter how much you go to the gym? Now you can officially stop worrying. A person can have around 1 kilogram of microorganisms inside their bory. Eww, right? There is no reason ...

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Science Snippets

This issue’s round-up of science news By Iskra Pollak Dorocic   EBOLA VACCINE SUCCESS The West African Ebola epidemic has taken over 11,000 lives to date, and mobilized a rush to develop an effective treatment for a disease that had none. Usually vaccine development takes many years, but in this case after only 20 months the first study deemed the ...

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Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

The mysteries behind near-death experiences By Jessica de Loma Olson   Sure you have all heard about the “light at the end of the tunnel”. That moment, almost at the doors of death, you can see your life pass in front of you. In the blink of an eye, you can apparently see all your loved ones. Some even say ...

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