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Ruairi J Mackenzie

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Ruairi started with Technology Networks in January 2018 after completing an undergraduate degree in neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh and a master’s degree in clinical neuroscience from the University of Cambridge. As senior science writer, Ruairi covers a range of scientific news and articles, with a focus on the complexities and curiosities of the brain. Ruairi also looks after search engine optimization (SEO) efforts on Technology Networks and created the site’s podcast, Opinionated Science, in 2020.


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Kids Can Infer Close Relationships Through Saliva Sharing
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Kids Can Infer Close Relationships Through Saliva Sharing

how do young children grow to understand these relatively complex social arrangements and use them to navigate the world? Researchers have taken an unusual approach to answering this conundrum of developmental psychology: by taking a deep dive into how children view the act of saliva sharing.
Pandas’ Gut Bacteria May Help Them Fatten Up While Eating Bamboo
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Pandas’ Gut Bacteria May Help Them Fatten Up While Eating Bamboo

A new study suggests that molecules released by gut bacteria help pandas in their quest to gain weight from their nutrient-scarce bamboo diet.
Multiple Sclerosis Is Likely Caused by a Virus, Finds Study of 10 Million Military Personnel
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Multiple Sclerosis Is Likely Caused by a Virus, Finds Study of 10 Million Military Personnel

The demyelinating neurodegenerative disease multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complication of infection by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), suggests a new study published in Science by researchers at Harvard Medical School.
Trial of Ketamine Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder Reports Positive Findings
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Trial of Ketamine Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder Reports Positive Findings

A clinical trial exploring the use of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy to treat alcohol use disorder (AUD) has reported positive results, according to the researchers.
Ding Dong Merrily on AI: The British Neuroscience Association’s Christmas Symposium Explores the Future of Neuroscience and AI
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Ding Dong Merrily on AI: The British Neuroscience Association’s Christmas Symposium Explores the Future of Neuroscience and AI

A special Christmas symposium from the British Neuroscience Association (BNA) has reviewed the growing relationship between neuroscience and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques. The online event featured talks from across the UK, which reviewed how AI has changed brain science and the many unrealized applications of what remains a nascent technology.
5 Influential Neuroscientists, Past and Present
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5 Influential Neuroscientists, Past and Present

Read this listicle to discover five inspiring neuroscientists and why their influence on other researchers will likely endure well into the future of science.
How Could a “Breakthrough” Brain-Computer Interface Help Patients?
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How Could a “Breakthrough” Brain-Computer Interface Help Patients?

Brain-computer interface (BCI) developer Blackrock Neurotech has announced that its MoveAgain BCI has received Breakthrough Device designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To find out more, we spoke with Blackrock’s chairman and president, Florian Solzbacher.
What Is the Best Approach to Psychedelic Therapy? An Interview With Field Trip’s Ronan Levy
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What Is the Best Approach to Psychedelic Therapy? An Interview With Field Trip’s Ronan Levy

We spoke to co-founder and executive chairman, Ronan Levy, to find out more about Field Trip’s approach to psychedelic therapy and why 2021 has been such a significant year in psychedelics.
Long Periods of Calorie Shortage Send the Mouse Brain Into “Low-Power Mode”
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Long Periods of Calorie Shortage Send the Mouse Brain Into “Low-Power Mode”

A new study published in the journal Neuron suggests that long-term reductions in caloric intake send the brain into a “power-saving” mode that cuts the amount of information it transmits to consume less energy.
Viagra Prescription Associated With a 69% Reduction in Alzheimer’s Risk
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Viagra Prescription Associated With a 69% Reduction in Alzheimer’s Risk

A study looking at the potential of repurposing licensed drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease has identified the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil, trade name Viagra, as a candidate for future analysis.
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