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Freelance Science Writer & Journalist

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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Ketamine Clinics Misleading Consumers About Side Effects, Suggests Study

An analysis of Maryland ketamine advertisers has suggested that their websites and marketing materials are awash with false and misleading claims about the drug’s addictiveness, side effects and approval status.

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Exercise Boosts Anti-Inflammatory Immune Cells

A new study published in Science Immunology has hinted at the possible molecular mechanisms linking exercise to inflammation control.

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Lottery-Loving Rats Reveal How the Brain Handles Uncertainty

Now, a new study details an ingenious task that explores how rats weigh up complex economic decisions.
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How Poop Transplants Battle Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria

In hospital settings, multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) are a major threat to patient safety. A new study has taken a different approach to eradicating MDROs. They’ve developed a method that fights microbes with other microbes.
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Fly Study Reveals Neurons That Assist a Discerning Sense of Smell

A well-trained nose can sniff out the smallest details in a scent. A new study examining the nose of a species less focused on luxury – the fruit fly – may explain this phenomenon.
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Prenatal Fentanyl Abuse May Have Caused a New Syndrome in Babies

A new syndrome of birth defects, apparently caused by fentanyl abuse, has been identified at a Delaware hospital.

AI and Lab of the Future

AI and the Lab of the Future

In this infographic, we explore some of the potential AI holds for the future of laboratory research.
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The Pulse: Psychedelic News From Technology Networks Issue 7

Hello and welcome to the Pulse, the monthly psychedelics industry roundup from Technology Networks and Analytical Cannabis. Here, we’ll highlight some of the most significant psychedelic industry news from the past month, including important announcements, pre-clinical work and the latest from groundbreaking psychedelic clinical trials.
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Pain-Busting Ballads: Researchers Identify Music That Best Soothes Pain

Your favorite music might be good for more than a workout soundtrack or late-night listening session, suggests a new study. The research suggests that individuals’ most-loved music could reduce feelings of pain compared to relaxing stock music.
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Diabetes Can Age the Eye by 30 Years, Finds Protein Study

A team of scientists at Stanford University has taken a look inside the human eye with a new level of detail by using cutting-edge molecular analysis.