Science

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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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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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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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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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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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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