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Pinpointing the Placebo Effect

Gabriela De Sousa discusses the ever-mysterious placebo effect, and a new study which claims to have found a ‘placebo area’ in the brain.

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The Invisible Disease: Malaria in Asia-Pacific

March 20, 2017 • Features, Life Sciences • Views: 47

Derek Connor discusses the plight of malaria in Asia-Pacific, identifying the problem and what is being done to eradicate this disease; a struggle which has been captured through the lens of Pearl Gan, a Singaporean photographer whom is having her work exhibited at the Singaporean National Library

Science, Communication, and the 21st Century

March 19, 2017 • Features, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences • Views: 7

With the University of Glasgow's rectorial elections on the 20th and 21st of March, candidate John Lindberg reached out to TheGIST to explain his passion for science communication and its necessity in a fast changing world.

The Viruses in Your DNA

February 25, 2017 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 52

DNA from other organisms can trickle down to our genomes. Should we be worried?

A Brief History of Injecting Frogs with Urine

February 18, 2017 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 52

James Burgon explores the evolution of pregnancy tests – and why a frog is more effective than a mouse.

The Mysterious Case of the Vanishing Rainforest (and How You Can See it Before it’s Too Late)

February 17, 2017 • Features, Life Sciences • Views: 42

The Amazon rainforest is disappearing at an unprecedented rate, with potentially catastrophic consequences — Childreach International bring you a once in a lifetime opportunity to delve into the depths of the jungle while you still can.

Schrödinger’s Mutations

February 16, 2017 • Features, Life Sciences • Views: 62

Alisha delves into the strange world of quantum tunnelling and how it may lead to spontaneous DNA mutations.

Prawns: The New Defence against Tropical Disease?

February 11, 2017 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 53

The parasitic tropical disease, schistosomiasis, affects up to 209 million people. But scientists may now have discovered an unusual solution – the giant river prawn.