Science

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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In vitro meat: from science fiction to the future of food

Medicor talks to the creator of the world’s most expensive hamburger about the technology and ethics behind lab-grown meat. by Iskra Pollak Dorocic   Would you eat a hamburger that was grown from stem cells in a lab? Does it sound appetizing in any way? Chances are you would say no.  I thought so too until I spoke to Mark ...

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Unraveling the 5:2 diet

An interview with professor Kerstin Brismar by Kim Franson Have you heard of the 5:2 diet? You’d probably answer “yes”, right? The 5:2 diet is the latest and most popular method of losing weight and has been the talk of the town for about two years now. Eat just five hundred kcal per day for two days a week and ...

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Tricking Our Sense of Taste

Can our taste buds give us clues for new medical treatments? by Jessica De Loma Olson   Of our five common senses, we might think taste is at the bottom of our list when considering their relative importance. If we had to lose a sense, almost no one would think twice about discarding our sense of taste. However, the relevance ...

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A Controversial Journey to the Center of the Brain

by Nicolas Guyon It is an exciting time to be studying the brain. In the last one hundred years, we have acquired a deeper understanding of how its 100 billion neurons are born, grow, and connect. But as the discovery of DNA changed the larger field of biology, giving a physical structure to how building blocks of life are encrypted, ...

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