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EUSci magazine is released three times a year, with a wide range of themes covering diverse subjects from across science. Suitable articles that don't make it into the print magazine will usually still be edited and displayed online. Have a look at what other people have written, and submit a piece yourself!

Like killing mice

I, Benedict Michael Matthew Hume, Inspector, first class, of the XIXth Moral Enforcement Unit and Inquisition (Electronic Atrocities Division), confirm before almighty God that what follows is a true and accurate account of the events of January the 27th 2110, in my precinct, the city of Edinburgh.

I arrived at Niddry Street at 3.25pm, thirty minutes after receiving the call from Sergeant MacNeil, who greeted me at the cordoned-off area and presented me with a torch and dust mask.

“Dark in there?” I asked him idly.

“Dusty, too,” he said, sneering slightly. “Sir.”

I let it slide, took the torch from him without comment. “What’s all the fuss about, MacNeil? Don’t tell me you got us all out here over a slide rule and a pack of tarot cards.” Read more »

The hottest model around

To almost all scientists, climate change is a reality and one that will have a drastic impact on the Earth’s environment. The potential ramifications of it are so dire that governments from around the world now feel obliged to meet and decide how to counter the problem; although with little success so far, as the limp agreement emerging from Copenhagen has shown. Read more »

My genome is better than your genome

Have you ever been tempted to spit into a tube and send it away to a company with an enticing scientific name, paying hundreds or even thousands of pounds for the privilege? This practice is becoming increasingly popular, as inquisitive folk with a bit of spare cash satisfy their curiosity and find out what is going on with their own DNA. We are entering an age of personal genomics. Read more »

Two of a kind

In April 1987, my aunt was rushed into hospital with unexplained abdominal pains. Later that day I was born. Coincidence? Or does the fact that this was my mother's identical twin sister have anything to do with it?

This is not the only time this sort of occurrence has happened between my mother and my aunt and there are numerous reports worldwide of other twins experiencing similar mysteries. Most famously, Norris McWhirter collapsed from a suspected heart attack at the exact same time that his brother Ross was shot dead by Irish Republican Army gunmen. Could it be because of the close bond that twins undoubtedly share? Similar reports also exist between twins who have been separated and not known of each other’s existence, suggesting that genes may play an important role in the way in which we think and feel. Read more »

How to look like Cheryl Cole

Is your hair weak, limp, lifeless, dull and straw-like? Perhaps you need L'Oréal Paris Elvive Full Restore 5 shampoo. It’ll make you look just like Cheryl Cole (minus the hair extensions of course). It’s enriched with Pro-Keratin you know. The advert has little blobs that look like molecules flying into the hair and making it shiny. Cheryl says you’re worth it.

So does L'Oréal Paris Elvive Full Restore 5, in Cheryl’s words, “get your hair’s mojo back”? How? And why are we all so desperate to get hair like Cheryl’s? Read more »

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