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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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Frames 2018 – Spotlight on Women

Movies directed by women and/or about women filled Klarabiografen in Stockholms Kulturhuset Stadsteatern for the whole weekend of 15-18 March. The Portuguese film festival Frames has been organised yearly since 2013, with the double aim of becoming a gathering point for the Portuguese community in Sweden as well as to show the Swedish audience new and upcoming artists from Portugal. ...

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Voices of Women in Science

Women in Science (WiS) is a newly founded network in Sweden for women working in a scientific field or aspiring to do so. For this year’s International Women’s Day, Medicor sat down with three representatives from WiS – Emily Eriksson, Andrea Coulthard and Ida Viken – to find out more about WiS and why the voices of women in Science, ...

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From Atop of the Toilet to the Base of the Pyramid

Yolanda Roa and Linda Moet present an interview conducted with social entrepreneur Jack Sim. At the age of 24, Jack Sim had already established himself as an emerging entrepreneur. But making money was not enough, Sim wanted to improve the world. Starting with his home country, Sim’s first initiative was to raise the sanitation standards of public restrooms in Singapore ...

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Private Space Exploration – Will SpaceX take us to 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. By Patrik Bjäterot The ...

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From the Nobel Prize to THE Nobel Prize

Every year in october the world turns to Sweden for Nobel Prize announcements but what made the nobel prize so prestigious?

On November 27th, 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his will, which would eventually give life to one of the most famous and important awards in history, setting the standard for other awards (e.g. Lasker Prize – the American Nobel, Shaw Foundation Award – the Asian Nobel Prize). But it did not begin this way, Nobel was rich but despised. So how ...

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The Glasgow Effect

From a global health perspective, this article gives insights into why the lowest life expectancy in Western Europe is seen in Glasgow.

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Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) – Our antibiotic abuse has consequences

The threat of antimicrobial resistance is increasing day by day and requires a determined action to combat the misuse and overuse of the drugs through collaboration between public and global health agencies and governments.

We cannot be heading back to a time where you could die from a cut, it feels absurd. But the truth is that it is fully possible. In fact, it is currently happening. The Neglected Global Crisis By Alexandra Edwards Henriksson Since the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals back in 2015, the United Nations (UN) has presented a new ...

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Karolina Wallenborg: “It’s especially rewarding to help researchers with their projects”

Karolina a facility manager in SciLifeLab was interviewed as part of Humans of KI series

Having completed a systems biology post-doc in the US, Seattle, Karolina appreciates the accepting working environment in Sweden. “I think here at KI everyone’s opinion matters. There is more hierarchy in the US, so if you are somewhere up on the ladder, your opinions matter more.” In addition, she admires seeing students and professors intermingling and having the possibility to ...

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