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Clinical Lycanthropy: Where Psychiatry and Mythology Collide

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: 386

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: 1248

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: 585

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: 639

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

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T-VEC Virus Found to be Effective Treatment for Malignant Melanoma

June 23, 2015 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 607

Scientists were able to cure patients of skin cancer with a genetically modified virus, making it the first successful virus-based treatment in a phase three trial. Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and the fifth most common cancer diagnosed in the UK . Currently, most

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The ‘Coldest Case on Record': The First Human Murder

June 13, 2015 • Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 430

Ida Emilie Steinmark takes a close-up look at a broken skull and dives down into the dark, deep human past.

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Opah fish found to be ‘warm-blooded’

June 8, 2015 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 335

Not for the first time, Mother Nature has blown our expectations out of the water (if you will pardon the pun). Looking at the moon-shaped and colourful opah, our first thought is perhaps not that it is an excellent predator, but that is before it reveals its incredible party trick. Caught off the