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In the shadow of war

Life under occupation    By  Radek J. Góra Konstiantynivka is the last stop for all trains coming from Kiev. Likewise, it is an easternmost town under Ukrainian government control. Areas to the east from this settlement are run by the separatists, aiming for revival of Novorossiya – a historical land to the north of the Black Sea. Among the supporters of ...

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Stockholm: A city of borders

With a population set to increase by 1 million by 2020, will fears of segregation in housing, healthcare and education in Stockholm become a catastrophic reality? What is the situation now and what can be done to bring down the borders. By Sarolta Gabulya and Diana Čekatauskaitė   Two sides to Stockholm There are so many reasons why we enjoy ...

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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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Conservation, Classrooms and Condoms

Why are conservation charities concerning themselves with contraceptives? By Emily Clark Facing global challenges of climate change, population growth, ongoing unsustainable resource use, and limited funding, sustainable development needs to be efficient and effective. With this in mind, environmental conservation organisations are implementing family planning projects, and charities traditionally known for their work in sexual and reproductive health are partnering ...

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Grown in Stockholm: The Future of Food

A guide to urban farming in our capital By Martha Nicholson Stockholm is home to one of Europe’s fastest growing populations. With a projected 2.5 million people living in the city by 2024, segregation, unemployment, food and housing shortages are all challenges. Urban farming is now widely recognised by city planners, academics, public health practitioners and architects alike as part of ...

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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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Festivals 2016

By Alex Browne A guide to your Scandinavian summer   Festival Tips Buy tickets early – all festivals have early bird options and some have incremental price increases each month. Plan travel and accommodation – places to stay will get booked up pretty quick and prices are hiked up during popular periods. Camping is rare. On a tight budget? Be ...

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Queerolinska survey

Do you feel safe and respected at the university? Are you feeling represented during your courses, and can you be open about yourself? Do you think your classmates or colleagues are as well? By Mati Krawiec During the fall of 2015 Queerolinska carried out an online survey with questions focused on the general feeling of safety and inclusiveness at our ...

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Crises

To celebrate World Health Day, Karolinska Institutet hosted an afternoon seminar to discuss the protection of sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) of women and girls in a crisis-prone world. With an impressive panel of speakers, the afternoon was kicked off by Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). We also heard from Professor Anna Mia Ekström, head of ...

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Science Snippets

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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