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

The Dead Still Do Tell Tales

The University of Edinburgh is world-renowned for its medical programme and has a long and distinguished history of innovation. What people may not be aware of however are the two unique pathology collections that have played a role in both medical teaching and research. The first is held at the University itself, while the other is in the care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The University’s anatomy collection, now known as the Anatomy Resource Centre, was founded by the Munro family. The Munro ‘dynasty’ consisted of three generations who collectively held the Chair of Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh for 126 years. The collection truly flourished under Sir William Turner, Professor of Anatomy from 1867 to 1903, who as particularly interested in comparative anatomy, anthropology and craniology. Read more »

Dippy Eggs and soldiers

In the past decade, cooking has been hailed as an art form, with a focus on taste and presentation. However, to produce palatable food there is arguably a scientific aspect to cooking as well. Is a kitchen not just a lab where, instead of clinical white coats, the scientists wear aprons? And do recipes not draw many parallels to protocols? This got me thinking, as a biochemist, about the science involved in turning popular ingredients, flour, yeast and eggs, into the ultimate breakfast treat: dippy eggs and soldiers.

For the soldiers

Flour is the key component in bread; its composition is dependent on the type of grain and the milling processes. Bread is one of the world’s oldest recorded baked foods, dating back from the Stone Age. To make leaven bread, yeast must be included to make the dough rise. Without yeast, bread would resemble hard, flat little cakes. Read more »

New insights into the link between chlamydia and ectopic pregnancy

Chlamydia infection in women increases their risk of ectopic pregnancy through a lasting effect of the infection, new research has shown. Read more »

Exploring the Musical Brain

Dr Katie Overy, of the University of Edinburgh’s Reid School of Music, has spent her career working in the fields of music, psychology, and neuroscience. This has brought her into contact with people approaching the same questions from different viewpoints: practitioners (e.g. teachers, parents, music therapists) and researchers, musicians, and scientists.

Throughout it all, Dr Overy's aim has been to understand the nature of musical experience through these differing perspectives, and to investigate the basis for claims that music can be beneficial to learning, and to facilitate links between the approaches.. The relationship between art and science, and other ‘opposing’ disciplines, is one that she understands well. I got the chance to chat with her about her career and some of her perceptions. Read more »

What keeps the body clock ticking?

Every organism on earth has a body clock which controls its daily and seasonal activities. These include sleep cycles, the opening of flowers, butterfly migration and much more. The body clock is known to be important in humans. If it is disrupted through jet-lag or shift work, then diabetes, cancer and mental-health problems can occur. Read more »