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Parkinson’s Disease: What Does the Future Hold?

Emma Woodham discusses how transforming the skin cells of Parkinson’s patients into neuronal cells could provide a new avenue to understanding the disease and personalise its treatment.

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Can Geoengineering Save Us from Climate Change?

August 22, 2015 • Snippets • Views: 180

Teo Aldea discusses whether clever geoengineering alone can solve the issues posed by climate change.

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The neuroscience of (not) pulling the trigger

August 8, 2015 • Snippets • Views: 323

Yulia Revina discusses the neuroscience behind action inhibition and how 'brain training' can help.

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Clinical Lycanthropy: Where Psychiatry and Mythology Collide

August 4, 2015 • Snippets • Views: 362

Rebecca Baird explores clinical lycanthropy, an affliction based in mythic tales of old.

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The Secret Underground World of Bacteria

July 25, 2015 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 539

Have you ever stopped to consider what could be lurking in the dark of the Glasgow Subway Stations? New York could hold the answer.

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Should We Be Worried About Artificial Intelligence?

July 18, 2015 • Physical Sciences, Snippets, Social Sciences • Views: 1408

Emily Breen compares the opinions of technology experts on the development of AI.

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Reverting Colorectal Tumours to Normal Tissue with One Gene

July 4, 2015 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 687

Colorectal cancer leads to nearly 700,000 deaths worldwide each year and is the second most common cause of cancer-related death in developed countries, including the UK. At least 80% of colorectal tumours have an inactivating mutation in a gene called adenomatous polyposis coli or APC. This gene

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Shining Light on the Larynx: Light-Operated Muscle Contraction

June 27, 2015 • Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 858

Nina Divorty investigates how light might be used to treat paralysis.