Mapping the Brain

Did you know that your brain cells are not actually grey? The function of the brain defines each of us, yet it is hardly understood. It uses 20% of your energy but comprises only 2% of your mass. Recently, the “next big thing” in scientific research was announced, the ambitious “Brain Mapping Project”. It used to be only physics projects that would receive enormous grants and government backing but in recent decades, biologists have got their fair share with ambitious projects to understand the fundamental components of humans with the genome project.

What’s up with the new bird flu?

Chinese authorities have closed live poultry markets in Shanghai and Hangzhou after fears of a new possible bird flu pandemic. H7N9, a flu virus, was confirmed to have infected 21 people. Six have died.

Should we be scared of the norovirus?

One moment you’re feeling fine, the next you’re expelling fluids from both ends. A typical friday night, if you are Hunter S. Thompson, but in your case, it is likely that you are a victim of the norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug in the UK. As someone who’s lived in Africa and has had his fair share of stomach bugs, I feel your pain. It is one thing to be vomiting or having diarrhea, but doing both at the same time is a very unpleasant experience. What is the norovirus and why do we keep hearing about …

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