Science

Sizzle: The science of sunburn

As the sunlight fades from our Swedish world very quickly, we take a look at the nature of our relationship with the sun, and the potential danger our Scandinavian sun worshipping habits may hold. Written by: Caitrin Jane Crudden   As I sit here, a few weeks after my south-east Asian vacation, peeling skin like a strange snake lady, it’s ...

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The future of our genome

‘As the days seep their light, and we are drawn from the swell of summer, I often come to think of things. Like walking across sand, the ground beneath us feels at times so uncertain. We shift. In our careers, in our social relations, in the places we call home. Yet we place certainty in the knowledge that our lives ...

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Twin Studies: NASA breaks new ground for genetic research

For so many of us, the essence of happiness lies in the taste of a piece of good chocolate. However, my friend doesn’t much care for it. Could such almost criminal dislike of chocolate be explained by genetics? Indeed, scientists have been puzzled by the origin of complex human traits ranging from personal behavior to the occurrence of diseases since ...

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Private Space Exploration – Will SpaceX take us to 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. By Patrik Bjäterot The ...

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No One Gets Me Like Siri Does – the rise of emotionally intelligent technology

Words are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to communication. The tone of your voice and your fleeting facial expressions are essential tools when expressing your emotional state and feelings. Current technology eliminates these elements, leaving only words and a collection of emoji to get your message across. And yet, what technology takes away from us, it ...

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What Makes A Scientist

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and the lenses that changed our view of the world

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and the lenses that changed our view of the world By Caitrin Crudden 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? ...

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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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