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TEDx GU Aftermath

As promised, in the beginning of the month we attended the 2015 TEDxUniversityofGlasgow conference – how could we have missed it, with so many inspiring ideas to be spread? We stepped in expecting outstanding speakers and we’re happy to report that our expectations were greatly surpassed. We came out with a generous collection of filters … More


‘Potential Difference’, an exhibition about Women in Science

I’m a PhD student in Biology at the University of Edinburgh and I’m really enjoying it, so I’d like to stay in academia. However, it appears to be harder for women to stay in academia – or at least as figure 3 shows many of them drop out! The reasons for this have been explored … 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


Hello Potential GISTer!

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



Mitochondrial donation – prevention for mitochondrial diseases

A change in UK law will soon allow Mitochondrial Donation – Michaela Mrschtik discusses the background of the technique that could change the lives of families affected by mitochondrial disease. More


Power Up Your Ideas Factory with Edinburgh International Science Festival

In 2015 Edinburgh International Science Festival transforms into The Ideas Factory – a hub for information, ideas and innovation. Audiences are invited to get their thinking caps on as big ideas transform the halls, galleries, theatres and gardens of Edinburgh from 4 – 19 April. In 2015 the Science Festival focuses on big ideas and … More


The Evolution of Nanotechnology

In 1959, Nobel Prize winning physicist Professor Richard Feynman gave a lecture titled “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom”. In this lecture he outlined the possibility for a new scientific field, which we have come to know as “nanotechnology”. 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


Researchers make headway in organ-on-a-chip technology

Developments at the Wyss Institute, Harvard, have made a major step towards personalised medicines, but their research may even be leaping towards reducing the use of animals in science. Probably the most prominent ethical concern over biomedical research among scientists – and the public – is the use of animals. One of the more uncomfortable … More


“Ugh, Mum, just five more minutes!”

Teenagers are often viewed as lazy and moody, sleeping in late and being annoyed at their parents all the time. Adolescence is often a rebellious age, but could there be another factor at hand? Research on sleep could provide some explanation for adolescent behaviour. The exact beneficial mechanisms of sleep are unclear, but it is … 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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