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The Nobel Prizes 2015

ECONOMICS By Nina Kirk   Angus Deaton, deserving winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics, was born in Edinburgh, educated at Cambridge University and has been Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University since 1983. The broad topics on which he would base his lifework were first laid out in his 1980 paper, An Almost Ideal Demand ...

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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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Leading the change at SCORP Camp 2015

International Summer School on Human Rights and Peace By Nira Nirmalathas  / Photo by Salomé Olsson   “When society faces challenges and difficulties, the support of human rights often diminishes. We, as future physicians, have the responsibility to advocate for our patients’ rights in accordance with The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law and medical ethics. Our mission to ...

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Golden times for iGEM Stockholm!

A gold medal, a top nomination and lots of stories- that’s what the Stockholm iGEM team brought  back from the finals in Boston. By Sarah Wideman, Manon Ricard and Anna Vidina   This spring, we wrote about the first team ever, consisting of students from Karolinska Institutet and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, which would participate in the synthetic biology competition ...

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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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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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