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Science Gallery London

Did you ever have the feeling that certain scientific findings have amazing parallels to art? Do you see beauty in data sets? The wonder of biology in magnified microscopic images? Then perhaps the Science Gallery London will interest you. The gallery, which is said to open next year, is working with researchers, students, local communities and artists to contribute …

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The science of getting drunk

At the end of last year the media was full of articles about Professor David Nutt’s proposal to develop a drug that mimics the effect of alcohol without creating a hangover. Not surprisingly, this caused  major discussions. Besides the legal concerns of replacing alcohol with another psychoactive drug, his suggestion came attached to a call for funding which was seen as …

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Skin Song – Bat For Lashes in the Wattlab

Natasha Khan has recently released a song about the skin. In quite a unique combination of science and music, the Wellcome Trust has initiated the science outreach project Body of Songs which aims to produce Music inspired by the organs of the body. Sounds a bit creepy? In fact, I think it’s about time that someone starts …

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How can you identify a brilliant scientist?

Inspired by a visit from 2013 Nobel prize winner Randy Schekman, my colleague Kif and I have written down a few thoughts on Impact Factors in science. Traditionally, the impact factor of a scientific journal reflects how often recently published articles have been cited by scientists in other papers. In other words: the impact these articles have …

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A history of the earth in pictures

So far not many authors came up with the idea to publish a graphic novel about science – but this is not the only reason why I admire Jens Harder’s ALPHA… directions. It is simply beautiful and perhaps the most inspiring science artbook I’ve seen so far. In over 2000 panels and drawings Harder depicts much of …

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Misconduct – When science turns into scam

What’s the worst thing that can happen to a scientist apart from having to give up one’s career because of funding problems? Stem cell researcher Haruko Obokata would probably have a good answer for that. She’s been in the media since the beginning of the year: first as female scientist role-model with a spectacular discovery, then newspapers …

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Are you depressed? Check your immune system.

In a recent Pint of Science event Professor Carmine Pariante from King’s College London talked about the link between mood disorders, such as clinical depression, and the immune system. The main question he addressed in his presentation was how inflammation and depression are related to each other and why it is necessary to diagnose and treat both …

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