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“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Kirsty McLean investigates the daunting world of false memories and memory manipulation.

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The POST: scientists, researchers, collaborators, innovators

July 13, 2015 • Features • Views: 372

This article is Part II of III of our POST interview series with Dr Abbi Hobbs. In this next section, we discuss Dr Hobbs’s background and her work in the social science department of POST, the relationship between POST and the European Parliamentary Technology Assessment, and the challenges and

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Pitch Perfect by Fiona Milligan Rennie

July 11, 2015 • Features • Views: 203

Lights. Camera. PowerPoint. Action! Producing the perfect pitch or presentation can be tough, and so the Water Innovation Challenge delegates were delighted to hear a flamboyant presentation from Fiona Milligan Rennie about presenting itself. Whilst effortlessly moving around the room and

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The Water Innovation Challenge Launch

July 10, 2015 • Features, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences • Views: 697

Water. We all drink it, but how many of us think it? theGIST reports from The Water Innovation Challenge launch party.

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Silence of the Spiders: An outsider’s guide to spider sex

July 9, 2015 • Features, Life Sciences • Views: 695

Jonathan Orgill investigates musical foreplay, bondage, genital mutilation, guarding, hypnotism and cannibalism. Also spiders.

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The POST: What is it? Why is it there? And where does it fit in with UK science and politics?

July 7, 2015 • Features • Views: 754

This is Part I of the GIST POST interview series. If you’re interested in learning first-hand about POST’s role in Parliament, the relationship between science and politics, the peer review process, and the importance of young scientists getting involved and making their research count, make

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Glasgow Science Festival Event: ‘Science Sunday’

July 3, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 378

The Science Sunday at Glasgow University on the 14th of June was a great way to mark the end of the 2015 Glasgow Science Festival. The event encapsulated everything that the festival aims to do: Get people of all ages interested and engaging with science. The event could be described as a mini

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Glasgow Science Festival Event: ‘The Value of Suffering’

June 20, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 883

For the first time, Glasgow Science Festival has worked in partnership with the Philosophy department at the University of Glasgow to bring us ‘The Value of Suffering’. Suffering is defined as the state of undergoing pain distress or hardship. It is effectively the opposite of happiness