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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 carpet python's head.

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.
A psychedelic haze.
Industry Insight

Exploring the LSD-Derivative With Potential for Treating Mood Disorders

BetterLife Pharma’s lead candidate is a non-hallucinogenic derivative of LSD that mimics the projected therapeutic properties of LSD. To learn more, we spoke with BetterLife Pharma’s chief operating officer, Dr. Hooshmand Sheshbaradaran, and head of preclinical research, Dr. Abdi Ghaffari.
A psychedelic brain.

Single Psilocybin Dose Once Again Found To Relieve Major Depression

A new clinical trial has reaffirmed the potential of the magic mushroom-derived compound psilocybin to relieve the symptoms of major depression. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is the latest to suggest that psychedelic drugs can provide a new treatment option in psychiatry.
An astronaut floats above the Earth.

21 Days in a Weightless Bed Can Affect the Body Like a Trip to Space

A study suggests that some changes the body undergoes during a trip to space can also happen after a few weeks of weightlessness on Earth.

Gloved hands plug an electrical device into the back of a person's head.

Paralyzed Patients Speak Again Thanks to AI-Powered Brain Implants

Efforts to restore speech to people silenced by brain injuries and diseases have taken a significant step forward with the publication of two new papers in the journal Nature.

A psychedelic sun
Industry Insight

Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Inspired by Psychedelics Enters First-in-Human Study

To learn more about the progress and development of non-hallucinogenic psychedelic therapies for conditions such as depression, Technology Networks spoke with the head of research and development at Delix Therapeutics, Dr. Eliseo Salinas.
Blood is extracted from a person's arm.

Breakthrough in Brain Rejuvenation Identifies Anti-Aging Plasma Factor

Researchers have long known that the anti-aging hormone klotho, infusions of blood from younger animals and exercise can boost the brain function of aging mice. The underlying mechanism behind these changes has remained elusive until now.
A picture of human remains.

Skull Modification Practices of Ancient Japanese Ethnic Group Revealed

New research reveals that the Hirota people, who lived in Japan during the middle of the first millennium, practiced cranial modification – a process where the skulls of infants and young children are bound, warping them out of shape.
A person holding a loaf of sourdough bread.

The Science of Sourdough's Unique Flavor Has Been Revealed

Sourdough breads have been baked for thousands of years. Sourdough’s simple recipe, which can be tweaked to produce a deep flavor profile, became a staple of thousands of lockdown kitchens. Now, a new analysis of the interior of the bread has revealed the factors that give sourdough its unique taste.
A half peeled banana

The Brain Circuits Behind Male Sex Drive Have Been Mapped for the First Time

Researchers at Stanford University have identified a brain hub that controls sexual arousal in male mice. By tweaking signaling in this area, the team was able to enhance or extinguish sexual desire and even let male mice engage in sexual activity immediately after ejaculation.