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Where General Relativity Meets Quantum Physics: The Bose-Einstein Condensate

Listen to Aidan McFadden and Richard Murchie’s interview with Strathclyde University’s Dr. Oi. Dr. Oi researches Bose Einstein Condensate’s in order to shed light on how gravitation and quantum mechanics interact.


Focused Ultrasound: Surgery Without the Stitches

Focused ultrasound or magnetic resonance-guided high intensity focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) technology is a non-invasive technique developed to target internal body tissues. In the 1950s, Francis and William Fry demonstrated that high intensity focused ultrasound could be used to target deep tissue in the brain of patients with Parkinsonism disorders . Since then, the technology … More


Novel 3D Vaccine Against Infectious Diseases

Recently, researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a novel 3D vaccine capable of harnessing the immune system to combat cancer and other infectious diseases. The vaccine is injected into the skin, where it spontaneously self-assembles into a 3D scaffold capable of attracting and manipulating immune cells to … More


Hello Potential GISTer!

There are many different ways to get involved with theGIST: writing, editing, artwork, podcasts, website, administration, videos, etc. Find out More



Wild Medicine; The Art of Disease Control in Endangered Species

For the dinosaurs, extinction came in the form of an asteroid strike. For the dodo, it was over-hunting by humans. For the gorillas, might it be the common cold? More


The Dark Web

What do you do if you want drugs, hitmen, weapons or fake passports? Search the internet, of course! But a regular ol’ search engine isn’t going to be much help, especially as you’re probably being watched. So even if you do manage to order some nefarious goods, you will probably get caught. Now, we’re certainly … More


Drugs Regulation: should Scotland lead the Neuroscientific Enlightenment?

As part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2015’s Brainwaves mini-festival and the British Neuroscience Association’s Festival of Neuroscience, controversial former UK Government advisor Prof David Nutt of Imperial College London will discuss the ways he believes a radical policy rethink could transform the classification of drugs and alcohol and their impact on our society … More


The foreign within

A recent study, published in Genome Biology, claims to have found at least 145 ‘foreign’ genes in human DNA . In order to detect these ‘intruders’, a team of scientists scanned human DNA for segments with close resemblance to genes of non-animals (such as fungi or bacteria), but not genes found in other animals. Additionally, … More


How does your handshake smell?

You meet someone for the first time and shake their hand in greeting. You chat for a while, lift your hand to your face and then… You sniff it. A study carried out by the department of Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has identified a rather unexpected, subconscious behaviour following handshaking … More


The Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

“I’m afraid I can’t put it more clearly,” Alice replied very politely, “for I can’t understand it myself, to begin with; and being so many different sizes in a day is very confusing.” (Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland) The Alice in Wonderland Syndrome was first described in 1955 by psychiatrist Dr. John Todd and refers … More


Podcast 13: TEDxUniversityofGlasgow Launch

theGIST was invited to attend the TEDxUniversityofGlasgow launch event. Tune in to hear our coverage of the event, including interviews with speakers and attendees.


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