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Ruairi J Mackenzie

Senior Science Writer

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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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Opinionated Science Episode 12: Green Labs: Sustainable Science and Exploding Microscopes
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Opinionated Science Episode 12: Green Labs: Sustainable Science and Exploding Microscopes

In this episode, the team discuss the growing movement for sustainable science. Research has a yeti-sized ecological footprint, and here we follow the tracks from ozone-destroying CFCs and energy-guzzling freezers through to a new future for science that promises to make labs eco-friendly at last.

The Gut-Brain Connection
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The Gut-Brain Connection

Biology is beginning to wake up to the importance of the links between our gut and our brain. In this infographic, we review how the gut and the brain are connected and the implications these links have for treating neurological and gastrointestinal diseases.

Cutting Through the Headlines: Are Morning People at a Higher Risk of Alzheimer’s?
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Cutting Through the Headlines: Are Morning People at a Higher Risk of Alzheimer’s?

A new study has investigated the links between Alzheimer’s disease (AD), major depressive disorder (MDD) and sleep. This study, armed with a huge cohort of over half a million people, has become the latest in a series of studies to find no causal link between sleep and dementia.
Exploring the Technology Behind a Blood Test for Alzheimer's Disease
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Exploring the Technology Behind a Blood Test for Alzheimer's Disease

Technology Networks recently spoke to Quanterix's Kevin Hrusovsky to hear more about how the company's technology is being applied in the pursuit of a biomarker for Alzheimer's disease, a progressive neurodegenerative condition for which diagnosis often occurs after the onset of symptoms.
Opinionated Science Episode 11: Biohacking: DIY Gene Editing, Fluorescent Beer and COVID-19
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Opinionated Science Episode 11: Biohacking: DIY Gene Editing, Fluorescent Beer and COVID-19

In this episode, the team take a deep dive into the world of biohacking. Practitioners of this DIY biology have big goals: making genetic technologies available to all, bypassing government regulation of drugs and (on the fringes of the movement) achieving immortality.
Green Apple Vape Flavor Makes Nicotine More Rewarding
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Green Apple Vape Flavor Makes Nicotine More Rewarding

A new study conducted in mice suggests that farnesene, a molecule responsible for the green apple flavoring used in some vape devices, is not only rewarding in itself, but may also increase the rewards felt when consuming nicotine.
Opinionated Science Episode 10: COVID-19 Vaccines: Three Leading Candidates, Assessed
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Opinionated Science Episode 10: COVID-19 Vaccines: Three Leading Candidates, Assessed

In this episode, the TN team discuss three promising vaccine candidates being developed for COVID-19. We take a deep dive into the data from these vaccine trials to try and work out what successes can be celebrated and what unanswered questions still remain.
4 Advances in LIMS That Can’t Be Ignored
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4 Advances in LIMS That Can’t Be Ignored

In this listicle, we’ve consulted with LIMS expert Bob McDowall to detail recent advances in how LIMS are designed, installed and managed by users that anyone looking to install or upgrade a LIMS should keep in mind.
The Markram Interviews Part Three: The Blue Brain Project
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The Markram Interviews Part Three: The Blue Brain Project

In the final part of our exclusive interview series with Blue Brain Project Founder and Director Professor Henry Markram, we discuss the goals that he has strived towards over the last 15 years – simulating the mouse, and eventually human, brain. We discuss the Blue Brain Project’s achievements and setbacks and Markram explains what he feels are the Project’s most surprising findings. Finally, we look towards the future – when will we have simulated the human brain?
The Markram Interviews Part Two: Simulations and Experiments – How Can They Work Together?
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The Markram Interviews Part Two: Simulations and Experiments – How Can They Work Together?

In the second of our exclusive three-part interview series with Blue Brain Project Founder and Director Professor Henry Markram, we discuss how brain simulations can benefit neuroscience.
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