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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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Gray Matter vs White Matter
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Gray Matter vs White Matter

The brain is an immensely complex structure, but there are ways we can divide up its anatomical structure into more discrete parts. One common divider is to separate the brain’s gray and white matter. But what are these two structures? How different are they from each other? How significant, and physiologically relevant, is this divide?
Size Matters: Diffusion Technique Sorts Out Pathological Proteins
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Size Matters: Diffusion Technique Sorts Out Pathological Proteins

Proteinopathies are diseases that feature misfolded proteins. In the brain, proteinopathies are rife, but research techniques are facing up to the challenge of studying these diseases. We talked to the University of Cambridge’s Tom Scheidt, whose research uses an innovative technique called diffusional sizing to better understand proteins.
BNA Interview Series: Understanding the Link Between Learning and Addiction With Professor Barry Everitt
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BNA Interview Series: Understanding the Link Between Learning and Addiction With Professor Barry Everitt

At the BNA's Festival of Neuroscience we were lucky enough to sit down with some influential neuroscientists to discuss their work. We’ve assembled these transcripts into our BNA Interview Series. Here, we interview Cambridge University's Professor Barry Everitt on the connections between learning and addiction.
The Steps to Creating a Materials Informatics Strategy
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The Steps to Creating a Materials Informatics Strategy

Data has been called the crucial raw material of the 21st century. As such, materials companies are waking up to the importance of having an informatics strategy. We caught up with Lux Research's Xiao Zhong, Ph.D., who recently authored a report explaining the key steps in creating a materials informatics strategy, to find out more.
VR in the Lab
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VR in the Lab

Alongside its sister simulated realities, augmented reality and mixed reality, virtual reality has proved useful in research. In this infographic, we look at some of the most promising applications of these realities in the lab and beyond.
BNA Interview Series: Hunger Games With Lora Heisler
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BNA Interview Series: Hunger Games With Lora Heisler

At the British Neuroscience Association (BNA)’s Festival of Neuroscience, we were lucky enough to sit down with some influential neuroscientists to discuss their work. We’ve assembled these transcripts into our BNA Interview Series. Here, we interview the University of Aberdeen's Lora Heisler on the topic of brain control of hunger.
Maximizing Drug Discovery Success With Machine Learning
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Maximizing Drug Discovery Success With Machine Learning

The pipeline to new drugs isn’t straightforward, but pharmas can pool their data resources to speed things up. The MELLODDY consortium hopes to make data sharing simple and secure. We talked to Hugo Ceulemans, MELLODDY Project Leader and Mathieu Galtier, Project Coordinator at Owkin to find out more.
Quartet of Papers Provide a Fresh Look at Sex Differences in Dementia
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Quartet of Papers Provide a Fresh Look at Sex Differences in Dementia

Four new research papers presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), which is ongoing in Los Angeles this week, have highlighted the disparities between the sexes in onset and disease course of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The new studies include a link between employment and slower memory decline in women, and sex-specific AD risk genes.
BNA Interview Series: Understanding Consciousness With Anil Seth
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BNA Interview Series: Understanding Consciousness With Anil Seth

At the British Neuroscience Association (BNA)’s Festival of Neuroscience in April 2019, we were lucky enough to sit down with some influential neuroscientists to discuss their work. We’ve assembled these transcripts into our BNA Interview Series. Here we interview the University of Sussex's Anil Seth, whose research explores the mysteries of consciousness.
A Cell Atlas of the Mouse Brain: A Step Towards Brain Simulation?
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A Cell Atlas of the Mouse Brain: A Step Towards Brain Simulation?

The Swiss EPFL’s Blue Brain Project is a vast effort with the goal of digitally reconstructing and simulating the mouse brain and ultimately, the human brain. The recent publication of a Cell Atlas of the mouse brain sounds exciting, but what can the Atlas tell us, and can it bring us closer to a simulated brain?
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