Ebola: Background and current Status

Image Credit: bhossfeld (CC0) Ebola is a highly virulent viral disease that spreads to humans from infected animals. Predominantly spreading throughout Africa, it was relatively obscure until 2013. Starting in 2013, a large scale outbreak shocked the world with the possibility that it could spread trans-nationally. Although it does seem that the defences against Ebola […]

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Oxford academics call for more research into the effectiveness of meat-consumption intervention schemes 

Image Credit: Cowles Communications, Inc. (Public Domain) Despite recognising that, due to the perceived normality of its place in our diet, the choice to eat meat goes largely unexamined, environmental researchers at Oxford University have stressed that ‘social norms can and do change’, and ought to be ‘aided by coordinated efforts of civil society, health […]

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Oscars so Abled? The Overwhelming Frequency of Non-disabled Actors Portraying Disabled Characters

Ever since Dustin Hoffman won the Oscar for Best Actor playing Rain Man, half of Best Actor Oscars have been won by men playing characters with significant disability. The 2018 Academy Awards have recently graced our screens; including Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning performance last year in The Theory of Everything as motor neurone disease (MND) sufferer […]

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The Potential of Creative Media to Address Adolescent Mental Health Issues Associated with the Coming of Age

As a social construct, coming of age occurs throughout adolescence, marking a young person’s transition from child to adult and hence achieving self-actualisation and self-realisation. The search for self-actualisation and self-realisation is conducted blindly; we find ourselves as adolescents suffering an incomprehensible series of apparently random preferences, revulsions, divagations and evasions. At the time we […]

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Eel-inspired batteries could power pacemakers for a lifetime

A soft, ‘fleshy’, electric eel-inspired battery could be key for the development of future medical implants. Currently, this power source is able to produce 110 volts (about the same amount of power provided by wall sockets), but researchers are working on increasing this capacity considerably. Anirvan Guha’s team from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland […]

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Fat cells may be critical to wound healing

Researchers from the University of Bristol explored a potential function of adipocytes regarding wound healing. These ‘fat cells’ have several functions in various tissues beyond energy storage. These include metabolism regulation, growth, and immunity. By using live imaging of fat cells in a fruit fly termed Drosophilia (the equivalent of vertebrate adipocytes), scientists looked into […]

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Superionic water ice: A ‘new’ form of matter?

A new form of water, named superionic ice, was created by scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. The substance, which is simultaneously solid and liquid, consists of a rigid lattice of oxygen atoms through which positively charged hydrogen ions move. It was formed by compressing water between two diamonds and then using […]

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