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The S Word: Talking About Suicide

It is estimated that more than 800,000 individuals die globally each year as a result of suicide and for those aged 15-29 years old, suicide is the second leading worldwide cause of death after road traffic accidents

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theGIST Issue 4 Online!

May 6, 2015 • Features, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences • Views: 1416

What can trophy hunting do for conservation? Is basic research worth funding? What is the Universe’s favourite number? … and how do you make a computer become creative? Read it all in theGIST Issue 4


Can Scotland lead the Neuroscientific Enlightenment?

April 10, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 1411

As part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2015’s Brainwaves mini-festival and the British Neuroscience Association’s Festival of Neuroscience, controversial former UK Government advisor Prof David Nutt of Imperial College London will discuss the ways he believes a radical policy

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TEDx GU Aftermath

March 31, 2015 • Features, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences • Views: 1526

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.

Figure 2: left: sample photographs from the exhibition (Dr Karen Halliday, Dr Yin-Hoon and Emma Hodcroft); photos taken by Heshani Sothiraj Eddlestone; right: selected quotes from interviewed women.

‘Potential Difference’, an exhibition about Women in Science

March 29, 2015 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 1727

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 …

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Podcast 13: TEDxUniversityofGlasgow Launch

March 18, 2015 • Life Sciences, Multimedia, Physical Sciences, Podcasts, Social Sciences • Views: 1461

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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Podcast 11: Parapsychology

March 7, 2015 • Multimedia, Podcasts, Social Sciences • Views: 1502

Skepticism can be a scientist’s best friend or their worst enemy, depending on how it’s applied. In this podcast, we speak to Dr. Caroline Watt, a Parapsychologist from the University of Edinburgh about how the skeptical mindset of scientists and much of the wider non-scientific

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“Ugh, Mum, just five more minutes!”

March 7, 2015 • Snippets, Social Sciences • Views: 1319

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