Healthcare services are facing a major paradigm shift with the collapse of key clinician-patient relationships. Narrative medicine, however, may just be the harbinger to bringing the ‘care’ back into healthcare. By Obomate Briggs.
How studying patterns in the genetic code is beginning to uncover the origins of biological information and of life itself. By Tom Dubois.
Italian researchers have synthesised a safe and sweet-smelling solution to keep those pesky mosquitoes at bay this summer! By Joseph Olaniyan.
Sensing of Z-nucleic acid by ZBP-1 constitutes an important line of innate immune defence, but could drugs targeting ZBP-1 signalling serve as a new and improved strategy for treating cancer? By Ziyue Kong.
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ChatGPT has studied the entire internet and is now capable of forming complete and logically structured answers to many types of assessments. Will this technology change how students are tested in the future? By Saleh Bubshait.
Learning about your genome has been crucial now, more than ever. From population studies to precision diagnostics and experimental therapies, genomics is paving the way for modern medicine. Ground-breaking? Absolutely. Beneficial to us all? Perhaps not as much as we think so. By Nitish Aswani.
Currently, there are limited clinical treatment options to deal with cases of synthetic cannabinoid abuse. A novel approach utilising nanoparticle vaccines offers an unconventional solution, but not without challenges to its clinical application. By James Lau Yi Wei.
How will the Al Rihla, with its tracking and data recording capabilities, change the modern game? By Ben Crawford.
How multilingual can a translation machine be? David Ifeoluwa Adelani from DeepMind shares new techniques to support low-resource languages, their heritage and prospects for promoting cultural diversity. By Teresa Su.
The first study modelling the effects of different fishing scenarios on marine ecosystems in the Western Baltic Sea has raised a dire concern towards critically endangered species, identifying overfishing as the main threat to marine biodiversity. By Charlotte Miles.
Understanding Pain Reprocessing Therapy and how our brain’s therapeutic capacity confronts conventional treatments. By Mimoun El Fantroussi.
With our current lack of understanding of psychopharmacological medications, ground-breaking therapies are long overdue. It is up to legislative frameworks to liberate psychedelics, amongst other classed substances, to reform mental health systems. By Anushka Barthwal.
Our sense of smell is an important, yet underappreciated biological function. Understanding its evolutionary and psychological purpose could help us appreciate the wealth of information it provides. By Melike Temizturk.
Studies have found a simple practice to increase the longevity of our lives that many of us are already using – a daily cup of coffee or two. By Julia Teichman.
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Information overload? In the age of Big Data, researchers look to the nanoscale to handle it all. By Miranda Hitchens.
For the first time, five patients diagnosed with the incurable autoimmune disease lupus have been sent into remission using a therapy previously designed for treating cancer. This has opened up the possibility of keeping other autoimmune diseases at bay. By Catherine Turnbull.
Do we really think we know what we know? Two millennia after Achilles raced the tortoise and our exploration of how paradoxes challenge scientists continues to unravel new understandings of nature. By Daniel Bilsborrow.
Researchers have recently identified a DNA region, known as VNTR2-1, which drives the activity of the telomerase encoding gene and influences the ageing of certain cell types. By Sara Majernikova.
Scientists unlock the secrets of elusive, near-invisible white dwarfs using new mathematical data and models. By Mephy Liu.
A new study by researchers at Caltech has found that appendage regeneration in animals can be promoted by feeding them a mixture of amino acids and insulin or sucrose. This begs the question: is there a limit to our regenerative capabilities? By Kai Mason
Researchers at the University of Surrey use quantum physics to unlock the secrets of spontaneous DNA mutations. By Shriraam Thiagarajan
UCL researchers collaborate with an international research team to improve the efficiency of low-cost, sustainable batteries which could power the future. By Melike Temizturk
COVID-19 brought instability, shock and grief to all. To some, it provoked questions about its predictability. Can artificial intelligence really forecast pandemics? If so, what does this mean for the future of prevention methods? By Teresa Su.
“No convincing evidence that depression is caused by low serotonin” - researchers at University College London challenge decades old theory about using antidepressants to treat depression, but should that completely change the way doctors prescribe them? By Nathan Adu-Poku.
Neuroscientists have discovered a subpopulation of neurons which respond specifically to sung music. By Miranda Porter.
Could the answer to galaxy formation be hidden in massive black hole mergers? By Alexander Gavin
Researchers have developed a mathematical model that aims to maximise the conservation of global forested biodiversity under budget and time constraints. By Amelia Macho.
What is quantum teleportation, really? Non-neighbouring nodes, qubit channelling and complex quantum networks. True, but invariably non-Layman. Cue Alice, Bob and Charlie, who might just help us wrap our heads around it. By Teresa Su.
Quan Zhang and his team at Nankai University have developed a seemingly obvious, yet elegant thermoregulator that unravels the path to a sustainable future. By Melike Temizturk.
Microorganisms in our bodies outnumber human cells by approximately 10:1, but do any impact our mood? By Amaani Nawaz.
Read about the new James Webb Space Telescope, learn about its capabilities and limitations. By Alexander Gavin.
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