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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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Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine: Regulators Give Update on Links to Rare Clotting Disorders
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Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine: Regulators Give Update on Links to Rare Clotting Disorders

Dual announcements from regulators in the EU and the UK have jointly concluded that the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine, now trademarked as Vaxzevria, is effective at preventing COVID-19 and, overall, has benefits that outweigh any risk posed by extremely rare clotting disorders linked to the vaccine.
Scientists Uncover Why Chronic Stress Can Lead to Hair Loss
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Scientists Uncover Why Chronic Stress Can Lead to Hair Loss

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised all our stress levels. A new study has shown why the long-term effects of stress can include hair loss and has even suggested directions for research into reversing this effect.
Low-Tension Glaucoma Linked to Cognitive Impairment
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Low-Tension Glaucoma Linked to Cognitive Impairment

A new study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology has established a link between a type of glaucoma and cognitive impairment, a state that commonly precedes dementia.
Opinionated Science Episode 24: Mayan Bones, Boozy Brains and Baboon Logic
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Opinionated Science Episode 24: Mayan Bones, Boozy Brains and Baboon Logic

In this episode, the TN team review what happens in the brain when we drink alcohol, find out how to use baboons and grapes to make discoveries about logic processing and unearth the rise-and-fall life story of an ancient Mayan.
It Takes a Village: Gorilla Families Come Together To Support Young Who Lose Their Mothers
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It Takes a Village: Gorilla Families Come Together To Support Young Who Lose Their Mothers

A study of mountain gorillas by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund has pored through more than 50 years of data to reveal how these great apes respond to the loss of a mother gorilla within a community.
Data Compliance: Can Your Data Pass the Test?
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Data Compliance: Can Your Data Pass the Test?

Scandals that undermined the integrity of biopharmaceutical data have led regulators to clamp down on data compliance. In this infographic, we explore data compliance – what it is, why it is important and how labs and organization can make compliance easier.
“An Unforced Error”: US Expert Group Issues “Unprecedented” Statement on AstraZeneca Vaccine Trials
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“An Unforced Error”: US Expert Group Issues “Unprecedented” Statement on AstraZeneca Vaccine Trials

New data and a conflicting statement have added fresh twists to the already tumultuous progress of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Study Shows Baboons, Like Humans, Can Solve Abstract Reasoning Tasks
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Study Shows Baboons, Like Humans, Can Solve Abstract Reasoning Tasks

A new study has suggested that baboons can solve abstract reasoning problems using cognitive tools previously thought to be solely the reserve of humans.
Looking Towards a Digital Future for Analytical Chemistry Post-COVID-19
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Looking Towards a Digital Future for Analytical Chemistry Post-COVID-19

We spoke to ACD/Labs, which specializes in informatics platforms for analytical data handling. Andrew Anderson, ACD/Labs’ vice president for innovation and informatics strategy, outlined the challenges analytical chemists have faced during the pandemic and how informatics tools can help to make digital strategies, both remote and in the lab, more streamlined.
Protein Discovery Reveals Mechanism of Fatal Prion Brain Diseases
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Protein Discovery Reveals Mechanism of Fatal Prion Brain Diseases

A new study has shone light on the molecular steps behind the spread of prion diseases, a group of incurable brain conditions that have puzzled researchers for decades.
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