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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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Two young female scientists work on a laptop.

The New Technologies Changing the Face of Data Integrity in Drug Discovery

As research datasets become larger and harder to handle, maintaining data integrity standards is more important than ever. This article will feature interviews with experts and discuss the latest advances in the area.
Dr. Kanaka Rajan stands in a hallway.

Computational Neuroscience and the Joy of Discovery With Dr. Kanaka Rajan

Dr. Kanaka Rajan is a leader in a new wave of neuroscience that has leveraged vast volumes of computing power as a tool for understanding the brain. In this interview, she discusses her motivations, research and greatest achievements.
Representation of psychedelic hallucination.

What Does 2024 Have in Store for Psychedelic Science?

The hype and promise around psychedelic drug trials have accelerated legislation to liberalize access to these compounds. In this article, we delve into the pivotal events in psychedelic science that researchers in the field predict will shape the year 2024.
Increasing the pore size of this chromium-containing MOF improved its ability to carry and deliver two common drugs: ibuprofen and 5-fluorouracil. Credit: Fateme Rezaei

Acid-Treated Polymers Are Superior Stores for Drug Delivery

After the twists and turns of discovering a drug molecule, pharma companies still face a mighty challenge: delivering their candidate drugs to the area of the body where they are needed.
An artist's impression of a prion protein molecule.

Transmissible Alzheimer’s Disease: What Is a Prion?

A new study suggests that Alzheimer’s proteins may spread in a “prion-like” fashion. So, what is a prion, and how does this finding change what we know about Alzheimer's?
A human eye.

Eye Problem That May Indicate Alzheimer’s Needs Better Diagnosis, Say Researchers

In a new study, a team led by UC San Francisco has unveiled crucial insights relating to posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), a condition that often signals the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
An artist's drawing of the iboga plant's flower.

African Psychedelic Ibogaine Reduces Veterans’ Brain Injury Symptoms in Small Trial

A traditional African psychedelic drug reduced symptoms of veterans’ brain injury in a small clinical study published in Nature Medicine.

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Biological “Signature of Desire” That Binds Couples Identified

A new study suggests that couple bonding behavior is motivated by a torrent of the rewarding brain chemical dopamine.
Cells dividing.

How Stem Cell Embryo Models Won Method of the Year

A collection of ingenious biological tools for studying the genesis of life has been awarded Nature Methods’ coveted Method of the Year award for 2023
A DNA helix.

Ancient DNA Reveals Prehistoric Cases of Chromosomal Disorders

An innovative method for accurately determining chromosome counts in ancient genomes has been revealed in a new study.