The crystals that really heal

Crystal engineers have the power to create bespoke materials capable of advancing many scientific and technological fields. Prof. Liana Vella-Zarb and her team at PharmaTaxis use X-Ray crystallography and their knowledge of atomic blueprints to create new ways to carry medicine around the body, leading to safer, more effective treatments.  We are surrounded by crystals, […]

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Nobody’s perfect

Proteostasis- Understanding protein recycling, and how we can maintain the balance   Ageing is inevitable; it seems obvious that as you age, you reach your peak and then decline into old age; exactly why this happens remains a mystery. During ageing, the cells in your body multiply, either replacing defective cells or helping you grow and […]

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Booze on the Brain- Does drinking alcohol kill brain cells?

Myth Debunked- For us of drinking age, partial to the occasional beverage; sometimes, after a few too many, we experience brain fog, decreased inhibitions, and unsteadiness. But has our night-on-the-tiles killed some healthy brain cells?  Thankfully, no, unless you fell and knocked your head while drunk, or suffer from a particular genetic disorder, while our […]

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A better you….

When most of us picture human evolution, I imagine we all see the same image; you know the one I mean: a transformation, through a series of stages, from a knuckle-dragging caveman to an erectly striding homo sapiens!  Evolution seems to happen in distinct steps, an obvious chain depicting our more primitive ancestors leading to […]

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Apparitions Apparently

Lying in the dark, not quite asleep, not quite awake. You wait for sleep to gently lift you away. Suddenly a strange heaviness spreads throughout your body; you cannot move, trapped within yourself. Any sense of tranquillity has been taken from you, all that is left is inexplicable dread. You close your eyelids so tight […]

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Venusians in the mist?

The search for life in our solar system has long been directed at Mars, with its icecaps and somewhat comparable conditions to Earth, it seemed like the logical (if not optimistic) place to look. However, for a long time, very little regard has been given to our neighbour on the other side; the second planet […]

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