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Ruairi J Mackenzie

Technology Networks


RJ is a freelance science writer based in Glasgow. He covers biological and biomedical science, with a focus on the complexities and curiosities of the brain and emerging AI technologies. RJ was a science writer at Technology Networks for six years, where he also worked on the site’s SEO and editorial AI strategies. He created the site’s podcast, Opinionated Science, in 2020. RJ has a Master’s degree in Clinical Neurosciences from the University of Cambridge.


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A view of Los Angeles at night.
News

More Nighttime Light Linked to Depression and Anxiety

Increased nighttime light exposure is linked to poor mental health outcomes, while increased daytime light has the opposite effect, finds a new study.

A DNA helix.
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Organism Found in University Pond Rewrites the Rules of DNA

Scientists at the Earlham Institute and the University of Oxford have stumbled upon a discovery that alters our understanding of genetic coding. The finding emerged during tests of a novel method of single-cell DNA sequencing.
A pill bottle in front of a psychedelic design.
Article

The Power of Placebo in Psychedelic Trials

Ketamine is increasingly used as an antidepressant. A new clinical trial suggests the drug's effects may be may be placebo-based. In this article, we explore what that means for the drug's rollout for ketamine and psychedelic research.
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Hygiene Hypothesis Study Suggests More Microbes Might Not Be the Answer to Allergies

A new study has raised a “warning” that the hygiene hypothesis, which suggests exposure to a diversity of microbes in early life can protect against allergies by strengthening the immune system, might not capture the whole picture of why these inappropriate immune responses are on the rise.
A octopus's suckers under red light.
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Scientists Show Off Drug Delivery System Inspired by Octopus Suckers

A new drug delivery system based on the suckers lining octopuses’ tentacles has been shown off in a new study.
Spatial Transcriptomics
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Milestones in Spatial Transcriptomics

In this infographic, we explore the milestones that led to the spatial transcriptomics techniques of today, beginning decades before the genomic revolution.
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Jellyfish Have No Brain But Are Able To Learn From Experience

New research shows for the first time that despite lacking a central brain, jellyfish can still learn from their environment and change their behavior accordingly. The study is published in Current Biology.
A pregnant woman in a yellow dress near some grasses.
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A Mother’s Body Retains Cells From Her Child After Pregnancy

Pregnancy changes the human body dramatically. One of the smallest alterations that pregnancy produces may also be the most important, suggests new research exploring cell populations passed between mother and child.

A person looks out the window on an airplane.
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Circadian Clock Study Shows Why Jet Lag Wipes Us Out

New research has modeled the interactions between our body’s circadian clocks to investigate why jet lag leaves us so fatigued.

A carpet python's head.
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World's First Case of Human Brain Infection by a Python Roundworm Identified

Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) and Canberra Hospital have reported the first-ever case of a human infected with a parasitic roundworm originating from a carpet python.
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