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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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Dual Vaccination Prevents Allergic Asthma in New Mouse Study
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Dual Vaccination Prevents Allergic Asthma in New Mouse Study

Promising results in a mouse model could point the way to the development of a therapy to treat half of all asthma cases.
Three Psychology Experiments That Pushed the Limit of Ethics
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Three Psychology Experiments That Pushed the Limit of Ethics

We examine three studies that pushed the limits of what experimental scientists can consider ethical in the wake of the Deep Time experiment's conclusion.
Opinionated Science Episode 27: Cannabis Edibles: Getting the Munchies for Science
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Opinionated Science Episode 27: Cannabis Edibles: Getting the Munchies for Science

In this special crossover episode, we hear how cannabis edibles affect our bodies and brains and how the growing demand for edibles will see the creation of cannabis drinks and restaurants. Please bring snacks for this podcast.
Get Your Head in the Game:  New Study Looks at the Brain Activity Behind Missed Penalty Kicks
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Get Your Head in the Game: New Study Looks at the Brain Activity Behind Missed Penalty Kicks

Soccer penalties are some of the most high-pressure moments in team sports.Now, new research from the University of Twente in the Netherlands has added to a body of evidence suggesting that the activation of brain regions related to long-term thinking may be behind missed kicks.
Like Sea Turtles, Sharks Use the Earth’s Magnetic Fields To Navigate
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Like Sea Turtles, Sharks Use the Earth’s Magnetic Fields To Navigate

A new study published in Current Biology suggests that sharks, much like sea turtles, sense the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate around the ocean.
Opinionated Science Episode 26: Organoids: How To Grow Your Own Brain
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Opinionated Science Episode 26: Organoids: How To Grow Your Own Brain

In this episode, the team is joined by John Mason, a Professor of Molecular Neural Development at the University of Edinburgh. They explore the miniature world of organoids and discuss how these small models are making big changes in the world of neurological research.

Why Rewilding the Gut Might Not Help Fight the Diseases of Industrialization
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Why Rewilding the Gut Might Not Help Fight the Diseases of Industrialization

A new article challenges the idea that turning back the clock of our bodies’ bacterial microbiome could fight non-communicable disease.
DNA Repair Hotspots and “Super-Agers”: An Interview With Fred “Rusty” Gage
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DNA Repair Hotspots and “Super-Agers”: An Interview With Fred “Rusty” Gage

Fred “Rusty” Gage is president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. After his recent plenary at the British Neuroscience Association’s Festival of Neuroscience, we spoke with Gage about his research into how our DNA repairs itself and how Alzheimer's disease causes neurons to undergo and identity crisis.
Drug-Finding Tool Identifies Psychedelic-Like Compound That Is Hallucination-Free
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Drug-Finding Tool Identifies Psychedelic-Like Compound That Is Hallucination-Free

A new technology developed by researchers at the University of California Davis promises to fast-track the development of compounds that could exploit psychedelics’ therapeutic action without hallucinogenic side effects.
4 Ways That the Cloud is Changing Research
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4 Ways That the Cloud is Changing Research

Cloud-based informatics solutions have become an integral part of research. The cloud is everywhere these days, and every new informatics tool seems to have some cloud feature or function. But what does this actually mean for researchers? With this handy list, you’ll find that the answer is “quite a lot”, as we explore four key ways in which the cloud has changed research.
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