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EUSci now has a fairly extensive archive of fascinating articles- use this page to show you a random selection.

What happens when a scientist becomes a manager?

The skewed world of academia presents a perplexing scenario for the scientists of today. After spending more than a decade gaining expertise in a scientific field and developing remarkable practical skills to gain the ability to think independently, they finally land up with their dream academic job. Then all of a sudden, they find themselves in the role of a manager!

To a scientist, curiosity helps spark innovation and make unknown con-nections. It allows joy to be derived from the smallest achievements, as long as it answers questions. Crazy ideas feed the curious mind leading to discovery. They also help a scientist take risks and not just sit by the fence (like our politicians!). A truckload of ambition helps scientists get through the many failures they encounter day after day and keep ‘the bigger picture’ in sight. Read more »

New insights into parasite reproduction aids malaria research

Scientists have found that upsetting the mating pattern of the parasite that causes malaria could stop its spread between people.The tropical disease is caused by the malaria parasite Plasmodium, which can infect both humans and cattle. It is a major problem in Sub Saharan Africa and causes a death toll of one million people every year. Read more »

Pancreas cell study increases prospects for diabetic patient transplants

Patients suffering from diabetes could have their prospects of islet cell transplants increased, and waiting times reduced, as a result of emerging cell research. A breakthrough study has allowed scientists to produce insulin by removing cells from the pancreas and altering their function. Read more »

The competition between malaria strains

Malaria is a major problem in sub-Sharan Africa. Every year around 250 million people are infected with the parasite called Plasmodium.  It is spread by mosquitoes and enters the blood stream through their bite. Children suffer most from this parasite and one in five child deaths in Africa are attributed to it. Read more »

Is there room for two: Science or Art vs Science and Art?

“Are you left-brained or right brained?” Or does this question somewhat baffle you? You only have to refer to the beautiful imagery of the ‘Left Brain Right Brain’ advertisement campaign by Mercedes Benz to get the gist of it: “I am the left brain. I am a scientist…I am logic; I am the right brain. I am creativity…I am boundless imagination.”

This idea of ‘brain lateralisation’ originated from the ‘split-brain’ studies of the Nobel laureate Roger Sperry. In the 1960s, patients suffering from epilepsy underwent surgery to cut the corpus callosum that connects the left and right brain hemispheres to localize the spread of their seizures; in Sperry’s follow up of these patients he demonstrated that the left and right brain hemispheres specialize in different tasks. Read more »