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Summer Outside Sweden

Written by: Ronan McCabe As I write this, in the closing days of April, it feels like Sweden’s climate is playing a cruel game with us. The flux between sun and hope, and snow and despair, is seemingly endless. I take comfort in the small gradations of seasonal promise: the soon-to-blossom buds developing in the trees, the daffodils embracing their ...

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Connecting through words: The power of conversation

Have you ever met somebody for the first time and felt it was impossible to get the conversation to flow? We have all been there, and some of us tend to struggle with this more than others. But even for those of you who normally feel at ease chatting with people, have you ever wondered: how good are you really ...

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Private space exploration: Will SpaceX take us where no one has gone before?

SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation) is a company that develops space rockets to send payloads, containing cargo or passengers, into space. SpaceX’s ultimate vision is to give people the opportunity to live on other planets, with Mars as the first goal. The company is currently working to land a spacecraft on Mars as early as 2018. Story By: Patrick Bjärterot ...

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Sizzle: The science of sunburn

As the sunlight fades from our Swedish world very quickly, we take a look at the nature of our relationship with the sun, and the potential danger our Scandinavian sun worshipping habits may hold. Written by: Caitrin Jane Crudden   As I sit here, a few weeks after my south-east Asian vacation, peeling skin like a strange snake lady, it’s ...

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Kicking off the spring with Stockholm Culture Night

Spring has finally arrived in Sweden, and this year’s Culture Night event on April 21st has made Stockholm a wonderfully vibrant city. This is a Saturday when many museums and workshops open to visitors for free and and offer a variety of events. Whether you are a fan of opera or a follower of iconoclastic fashion, whether you are interested ...

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Falling through the darkness

Karolinska Institutet has always been a place where different talents, passions and creativity are encouraged. People of different pursuits have found their niche for expression, whether it might be Spex, orchestras or book circles. To take it one step further, this issue of Medicor features a short fiction story – as a celebration of all the creative diversity our university ...

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The future of our genome

‘As the days seep their light, and we are drawn from the swell of summer, I often come to think of things. Like walking across sand, the ground beneath us feels at times so uncertain. We shift. In our careers, in our social relations, in the places we call home. Yet we place certainty in the knowledge that our lives ...

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Twin Studies: NASA breaks new ground for genetic research

For so many of us, the essence of happiness lies in the taste of a piece of good chocolate. However, my friend doesn’t much care for it. Could such almost criminal dislike of chocolate be explained by genetics? Indeed, scientists have been puzzled by the origin of complex human traits ranging from personal behavior to the occurrence of diseases since ...

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City Bikes: The good, the bad and the ugly

According to a Danish study, every kilometer you cycle, society gains around 2,1 kronor, but every kilometer you drive, it loses 1,5 kronor. I know. These numbers are quite abstract and probably do not resonate with you. So how about this; with every cyclist gained in a city, a subway or bus commuter is lost. If you have experienced and ...

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