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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 »

Our friends in the gut

There are 10 times as many bacteria in your gut than there are cells that make up your entire body. In total they weigh 1.5 kilograms. After they die, they make up 60% of the dry mass of your poo, and there are between 300 and 1000 different species of them. They are clearly a major component of your biology. Read more »

Standing up for Science Media Workshop

The idea of interacting with media outlets, and using them as a platform to communicate research to the wider public is often a daunting prospect for early career researchers. They lack exposure to the machinations of the media, and examples of poorly reported science, as well as limited media and PR training combined with often irrational fears leave them insufficiently prepared to deal with media. Consequently, young researchers often neglect the media as a very effective stage for communicating their science. Read more »

To Be or Not to Be…Alien?

You’ve seen all the movies, read all the books, heard all the horror stories – but the question still remains, “Do aliens really exist?”

Though there hasn’t been a definite “Yes!”, scientists and civilians alike have always leant towards the possibility. Given the millions of stars and galaxies hovering in our universe, there are millions of chances for other forms of life. However, it wasn’t until very recently that scientists had any proof of the existence of other planets. In April 2006, NASA announced their discovery of over 150 planets outside our known eight. On his program released in May this year, Stephen Hawking, one of the most famous theoretical physicists and cosmologists of our time, revealed the discovery of an additional 450+ planets. Read more »

Sensing and flowering

A recent research project, carried out at The University of Edinburgh, may have discovered a link that explains how seasonal daylight fluctuations alter the activities of plants.Computer modellings of mouse-ear cress (a small flowering plant) revealed interactions between the genes responsible for the plant's internal rhythm and those controlling seasonal events. Read more »