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  • Uniting against Neglected Tropical Diseases

    LONDON, United Kingdom — Bill Gates, the world’s leading thirteen pharmaceutical companies, governments and global organisations have announced unprecedented funding and support to eliminate and control ten neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2020. More than US $785 million will be donated to control or eliminate these infections that affect around 1.4 billion people in 149 endemic [...]

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    The NWA of DNA

    Science and hip-hop? “Never the twain shall meet,” you may cry, and until recently, I’d have agreed with you on that one, fo’ shizzle. But then I stumbled across a collaboration which challenges that assumption. Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to Evolution is interesting, intelligent and funny hip-hop about evolutionary theory. It’s the first peer-reviewed rap, [...]

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    How a mental disorder opened up an invisible world of colour and pattern

    Louis Wain

    I’ve recently started a job at London’s Science Media Centre, an organisation that tries to ensure science is reported responsibly, as senior press officer for mental health. In my new role, I’ve been swotting-up on mental health conditions and was reminded of some fantastic artwork often associated, perhaps erroneously, with schizophrenia. Louis Wain’s paintings are [...]

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    Two-faced: A Prezi exploring aging

    Check out the Prezi I made, below, exploring the science of sun damage and looking at changing my skin aging narrative. .prezi-player { width: 550px; } .prezi-player-links { text-align: center; } Two-faced on Prezi

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    Audio interview with ‘Wild’ author Jay Griffiths

    Jay Griffiths is the author of a wonderful book called ‘Wild‘. Although ‘Wild’ was published five years ago, it is growing in word-of-mouth popularity and has recently struck a cord with musicians, which perhaps has something to do with the lyrical and poetic quality of her writing. Earlier this year, Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien recommended [...]

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    International Conference on eHealth 2011

    I have arrived in Malaga to cover the live blog of the International Conference on eHealth 2011. On the short flight over here, I went through the research papers to be presented on the first day of the conference which starts tomorrow - and what a way to kick things off. After the morning keynote lecture on [...]

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    Synthetic meat for thought

    Vegetarian or vegan readers, would you have a problem with eating meat is the protein was grown in a lab? There would be no* animal cruelty involved, and no living breathing animals would have to die to end up on your plate. Would it be much different to eating Quorn?   What about if we [...]

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    Grow your own…Halloween outfit

    Biocouture jacket

    Picture the scene. It’s the future and you’ve just rolled out of bed, swallowed your “full English breakfast” pill, washed down the day’s Soma with a cup of (insert futuristic prefix here)-coffee and, as your media hub burns the day’s news directly into your hippocampus, it’s time to decide what to wear to the office [...]

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    God species review

    I wrote the following review a couple of months ago but failed to publish it. I was reminded of this when Martin Robbins asked yesterday on his Guardian blog: “Is environmentalism too left wing?“ If there is one reason to read Mark Lynas’ book The God Species, it’s because of his exposition of the ‘planetary [...]

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    Painting plasma

    Through the years science has inspired many artists and some scientists have been driven to create art by the beauty they have witnessed during their work in the lab. An example of the latter is Ed Munn, now retired from a career at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, UK, who worked on mitochondria, anaerobic fungi [...]

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