Mapping Mental Disorders

A new study by an international team of researchers published last Thursday in the journal Science has got one step closer to understanding the genetic component to mental illness.

What’s Next: Predicting the Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2018

Despite a successful 2017, with reports of a genetically modified human embryo and vast improvements in machine learning, 2018 is poised to be even bigger.

Massive object discovered hiding behind the Milky Way

A newly discovered galaxy supercluster is believed to be one of the largest known structures in the Universe, containing between 1,000 to 10,000 trillion stars.

Sexual transmission of HIV under attack

A recent study conducted by the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Group may provide a crucial step in reducing the amount of HIV in the semen of infected patients.

The Statoil Gallery: Wonderlab

As a scientist, I’m used to hearing that science museums are boring, weird or just for kids. And in fact, when I arrived at the Science Museum, I found myself to be the only one there without children. I crossed a mist of primary colours and mirrored walls and entered the Statoil Gallery, the home […]

A ‘cure’ for HIV? Not quite yet

Last week the world rejoiced as the papers announced: ‘HIV is cured!’. Except of course it isn’t – or at least not yet. The hype is somewhat justified: for the first time, scientists have developed a new drug that could, in theory, completely clear the virus from a patient. HIV tends to ‘hide’ inactive cells […]

Why Conduct Experiments in Space?

The Soyuz MS-02 rocket launch on Wednesday 19th October in Kazakhstan. A very similar rocket took Tim Peake and Time Ronke up to the ISS in 2015 (Source: NASA/Joel Kowsky) It’s been a big week for space – with a mars rover crash landing, a successful launch of three new astronauts to join the team […]

Medical Magic in Mushrooms?

Ingredients in magic mushrooms may have profound therapeutic potential in the treatment of psychological disorders, but under current UK law, it’s almost impossible to study them. We ask Professor David Nutt where scientists can get their hands on some…