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Anthropocene

The questionable age of man By Oskar Swartling   The study of Earth, rocks and how they change and are created is an old, although still important scientific field. Geology does not only provide information of historical importance, but also helps us understand the world we live in and the world we will live in. Like the field of medical ...

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“At first there was nothing funny about it…”

Science that makes people laugh and then think by Irina Pader  IgNobel prize laureates visit Karolinska Institutet and talk about their work and the funny side of science IgNobel prize (a wordplay of the word “ignoble”, meaning dishonorable or unworthy): the “cousin” of the real Nobel prize, the “satirical counterpart”, the “parody”… Inaugurated 1992 by Marc Abrahams, it honors scientific ...

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Science Snippets

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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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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Chromothripsis – A Miraculous Catastrophe

Cutting and pasting our genome  By Jessica De Loma Olson Can you imagine your cells doing patchwork with your genome? Cutting and pasting together fragments to produce a new work of art. In 2011, a study led by P.J. Campbell from Cambridge defined it as chromothripsis: a single catastrophic event for a chromosome. During a short period of time and ...

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“True or false?” – that is the question

Your mind is a trickster By Karolina Weryńska We are built by our past and it acts as a foundation for our future. Everything that has happened has been woven into our psyche. There is no way around it, just simple physics: action-reaction. Waking up, you safely know who you are, where you are and what brought you there. This ...

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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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