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Cultivation theory: How media shapes our worldview

Something nice and sweet trends on social media… a commenter types – “faith in humanity restored”. Many others rush to like the comment. Something tragic takes place, many people die… the onlookers read the news and sigh “what has this world come to…” Many others react by changing their social media profile picture. Story by: Zach Chia The Cultivation Theory, ...

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Ballet for beginners: A review of Misommarnattsdröm at Kungliga operan

Despite coming from the land that gave us Billy Elliot, I’ve never really been interested in the ballet. However, living in Stockholm and having the Kungliga Operan showing Midsommarnattsdröm on my doorstep, how could I resist attending my very first ballet performance? Story by: Ben Libberton My friends and I arrived just in time which actually means, we arrived a ...

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Part 3 of 3. Just about anything can happen.

Story by: Elin Doyle On the side of a valley in North-Eastern Nepal, just south of Mount Everest, lies a small rural community hospital. The surrounds of the hospital are adorned by scattered settlements and terrace cultivation. In the 1960s, a former surgeon in the Scottish army started a health project here, perhaps it was the mountainous ranges that reminded ...

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Part 2 of 3. No, we probably don’t see this in Sweden

Story by: Elin Doyle Universal health care is helpful in ensuring a minimum level of health treatment for all. In 2008, the Nepali Government implemented a “Free Health Program”, which provides free essential health care services at all health posts nationwide. This is provided to all citizens, irrespective of their economic status. Furthermore, 38 essential drugs (such as paracetamol and ...

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A Silicon future. New startups aim to connect brain and machine.

The Wall Street Journal reported last March that Elon Musk is backing up a neuroscience tech called Neuralink that has the modest aim to enhance the human brain by connecting it to a computer. The Silicon Valley billionaire and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has been discussing the “neural lace” concept since 2016 as means to make humans keep pace ...

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Part 1 of 3. Literacy, the ABCs to reclaiming what is rightfully theirs.

Story by: Elin Doyle It was early in the morning when we took off. Winding along serpentine roads with rocky precipices running hundreds of meters down next to us made this road one of the roughest and bumpiest journeys I’ve ever travelled in my life. There were women in red, green, and yellow slowly carrying huge packs of leafy grass ...

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What makes a scientist? Antonie van Leeuwenhoes and the lenses that changed our view of the world.

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? And who decides? Story by: Caitrin Crudden In the 17th century, our view of the world ...

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Snus: The holy grail of tobacco consumption

Story By; Saket Millind Nigam The ‘Swedish Experience’ (noun): An observation that switching smokers to snus may be an effective harm reduction approach With the music thumping and speakers well on their way to a rattling, self-destructive end, I fought my way through the crowds of a posh Östermalm club. My cousin and his friends – too cool to dance ...

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Georg Klein: A life driven by curiosity

During his life, Georg lived through a world war, escaped a communist regime, built up a world leading research institution where cutting edge research was done for decades and inspired a generation of successful scientists before passing away at 91 years of age.   Story by: Benedek Bozoky In 1944, he was still a 19-year-old Jewish-Hungarian teenager in Budapest. The ...

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A scientific glimpse into a perpetual battle

In the 1960s Summer Olympic Games in Rome, Danish cyclist Knud Enemark Jensen collapsed during a road race and died of an alleged overdose of amphetamines and a vasodilator that he took as performance enhancers. The case raised an international discussion that swelled into the very first doping scandal. The war on doping had officially begun. Story By; Marianna Tampere ...

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