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Science and crime

Popular crime dramas such as CSI, Bones, and NCIS, have triggered an increased public interest in forensic science. Scientific tools to investigate suspicious deaths have been handed down since 1248 AD, when the Chinese described how to distinguish drowning from strangulation. But scientific tools have also been used by innovative criminals to commit clever crimes, showing that science can be used for both solving and committing a crime. In this issue’s Focus, we take a closer look at this ambivalent relationship between science and crime. Read more »

Putting Our Heads Together

A surprising resource is revolutionizing how we solve problems and get information. It is available in great abundance and can be harvested for almost nothing. This resource is the simple power of human thought.

We all know that computers can beat us at chess, find enormous prime numbers and remember our friends’ birthdays. If a task involves only calculations and large quantities of information, then a computer is perfect for the job. On the other hand, ask your computer to find the photos of a lovely peacock that you took on your last holiday, and it’s likely to throw in a picture of an elderly relative. Of course, any of your friends could do a much better job, but only if you can persuade them to bother. The emerging field of human computation is doing just that by using computer games to harness human brainpower. Read more »

Heart skips a beat ...

"Damn I’m late, thank you immaculately timed traffic!", I mutter under my breath, as I rush into the hospital building and semi-dive into the elevator. I'm about to meet one of my medical idols - Dr Ganesh Kumar - an interventional cardiologist and the current Head of Interventional Cardiology at Hiranandani Hospital in Mumbai, India. As I get off the elevator, a nurse redirects me to the so-called catheterization laboratory, where Dr Kumar performs his surgeries. He greets me and to my absolute delight he invites me to join him for the day. Read more »

Chickens give new genetic insights into Marek's disease and human cancers

A study from The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh and the Institute for Animal Health has discovered genes that affect susceptibility of chicken to Marek's disease and the tumour growth as the result of the infection.
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Much Ado About Snacking

Obesity in developed countries, in particular the United Kingdom and America, has reached epidemic proportions. Human beings, it seems, are hard-wired to steadily acquire reserves of fat over long time scales, eating a tiny excess of calories every day when food is in plentiful supply. A rough estimate suggests that eating a daily excess of 120 calories (or one chocolate biscuit) over the course of a decade results in a gain of 50 kg of fat. The amount of weight-loss products and designer diets has boomed in proportion to rich nation's waistlines, though this has had little clear impact on the incidence of obesity. Two recent studies tried to shed light on our eating habits, and how we might go about changing them. Read more »