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Jul
11

Summer Holiday Science – The Physics of Waves

Many of us will be spending our summer holidays on the beach, making sandcastles and dipping our toes in the ocean. But have you pondered questions such as where do breakers come from and why is the sea blue in the first place? These questions can be answered with one word – waves.

By Joanna Aitkens | Physics . Science . Uncategorized
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Jul
11

Formaldehyde as a Carcinogen – How Do We Protect Medical Students?

Formaldehyde has long been used as an effective preservative on cadavers, either by undertakers as part of the embalming process, or by hospitals or universities which need to preserve whole bodies or organs for lengthy periods of time, as the chemicals delay the natural process of decay. As well as being used for preserving organisms, […]

By Joanna | Medical Education . Science
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Feb
09

What would Students and Teachers do Without their TA?

According to a survey by Payscale, Teaching Assistant’s (TA’s) in the US have a high level of job satisfaction. Despite a fairly moderate salary of around $10 per hour (*), helping young people to blossom into the mathematicians, mechanics, nurses, doctors & scientists of the future, is a rewarding career.

By Joanna | Education
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From STEM to STEAM – the Advancement of Science Teaching

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”William Arthur Ward Education is always topical & in the news as nations drive to empower their young minds with knowledge and bring forth advancements across all subjects. The ‘STEM’ subjects of science, technology, engineering and math are all currently […]

By Joanna | Education . Science
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How is Neonatal Care Growing Up?

Pediatrics – the care of infants, children and adolescents – and neonatology – the care of newborns for the first 28 days after birth – are relatively new medical specialties; they’re still in their infancy, if you'll forgive the pun.  For instance, in the US, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) – the professional […]

By Joanna | Medical Education
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Down’s Syndrome Q&A

Down’s syndrome or Down syndrome is a genetic disorder typically associated with physical growth delays, characteristic facial features, and mild to moderate intellectual disability. Most individuals with Down’s syndrome are diagnosed with the condition after birth. It is named after John Langdon Down, the British doctor who fully described the syndrome in 1866.

By Joanna | Medical Education
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Rosetta Data Challenges Views on Origin of Earth’s Oceans

  Artist's concept image of Rosetta Orbiter As if November’s historic feat of landing the Philae probe on a comet wasn’t enough, now the Rosetta mission is sending back data that blows a hole in the hypothesis that comets delivered much of Earth’s water to our oceans. Or, if they did, then they weren’t comets […]

By Joanna | Astronomy . Physics . Science
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Be Still My Beating Heart… Then Come Back to Life

Some 47 years ago doctors pioneered the world’s first human heart transplant surgery. Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful human-to-human transplant in South Africa after several years of experimentation on animals.  The most common procedure today is to take a working heart from a recently deceased organ donor (cadaveric allograft) and implant it into the […]

By Joanna | Medical Education
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