Monthly Archives: December 2012

Will 2013 be the year of the celebrity scientist?

The end of a year is always a good time to reflect on your life; to see what you’ve achieved and plan for the year ahead. For example: this year I attempted to cycle 26 miles in a single day … Continue reading

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Why can’t we tickle ourselves while schizophrenics can?

Have you ever tried to tickle yourself? Try it; you will find that the feeling will be nothing like the sensation you get when someone else tickles you. But why is this the case? The simplest answer to this question … Continue reading

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The Placebo Effect: A treatment of the mind?

When a patient known as Mr. Wright was diagnosed with terminal lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system), the doctors battling to prolong his life were ultimately left with no option but to try a new ‘controversial’ anti-cancer drug – Krebiozen. … Continue reading

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Ketamine: from drug of abuse to anti-depressant.

Ketamine is probably best known as a recreational drug and horse tranquilliser. However, it also has a number of beneficial medical uses. It is routinely used as an anaesthetic, it is used in medical research to replicate symptoms of schizophrenia … Continue reading

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What can science add to the abortion debate?

Few topics generate such a passionate division in opinion as abortion and ultimately there is no easy answer when choosing between an unborn child’s right to life and a woman’s right to freedom over her own body. However, after reading … Continue reading

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