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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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Fingerprints Enhance Our Sense of Touch
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Fingerprints Enhance Our Sense of Touch

Our fingerprints are an indelible marker of our identity. Fully developed by birth, they will remain constant throughout our adult life. But beyond their utility for criminal-catching and spy movie cliches, why exactly do we have fingerprints? A new study has provided an answer: they may help improve our sense of touch.
Opinionated Science Episode 23: Mind Palaces, Artificial Sight and Invading Squirrels
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Opinionated Science Episode 23: Mind Palaces, Artificial Sight and Invading Squirrels

In this episode, the team round up some of the best and weirdest science from the last month. We investigate some innovative methods being used to control invasive squirrels, a new technology that could partially restore sight and an innovative memory technique beloved by ancient greeks, memory maestros and TV detectives.
How Can Artificial Intelligence Stop the Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance?
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How Can Artificial Intelligence Stop the Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance?

As we begin to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, the threat of antimicrobial resistance has not gone away and remains a priority. Precision medicine company OpGen use molecular diagnostics and informatics to identify AMR before it can spread. To find out more, Technology Networks caught up with OpGen's CEO Oliver Schacht.
Bitcoin's Jawdropping Energy Consumption Rivals London's, Could Impact Global Security
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Bitcoin's Jawdropping Energy Consumption Rivals London's, Could Impact Global Security

Bitcoin mining could have severe environmental and economic impacts that risk spilling over into other industries and may even affect global security, argues a new commentary focused on the blockchain-based cryptocurrency's soaring price.
Filling in the Blanks of Leading LIMS: A Discussion With LIMS Wizards
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Filling in the Blanks of Leading LIMS: A Discussion With LIMS Wizards

LIMS are powerful, but often complex tools. These big software packages can’t meet every need, and a growing field of companies has sprung up to offer labs supplementary tools. We spoke to Robert Jackson, Director of Delivery at LIMS Wizards, to find out more.
Stimulation Sensation: The Non-Invasive Technologies Shaking Up Neuroscience
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Stimulation Sensation: The Non-Invasive Technologies Shaking Up Neuroscience

The growing field of non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) is a new frontier of neuroscience. NIBS could provide therapies for psychiatric conditions without drugs or invasive surgery. In this article, we explore how brain stimulation devices are being developed everywhere from academic labs to internet message boards.
Could the “Spirit Molecule” DMT Assist in Stroke Recovery?
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Could the “Spirit Molecule” DMT Assist in Stroke Recovery?

N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a psychedelic compound under investigation for a range of therapeutic uses. One avenue of research is being pursued by Algernon Pharmaceuticals, who are investigating whether sub-hallucinogenic DMT doses could help to protect and repair the brain in the hours after a stroke.
Sherlock’s Mind Palace Technique Explains “Memory Athletes'” Incredible Recall
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Sherlock’s Mind Palace Technique Explains “Memory Athletes'” Incredible Recall

A recall technique used by Benedict Cumberbatch’s modern-day interpretation of Sherlock Holmes can create enduring memory enhancement that remains intact four months later, according to a new study.
Algorithm Racks Up Superhuman Scores in 55 Classic Atari Games
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Algorithm Racks Up Superhuman Scores in 55 Classic Atari Games

Researchers have published a paper documenting the ability of an innovative AI system, dubbed Go-Explore, to outperform both human and state-of-the-art algorithmic rivals at an entire suite of classic Atari 2600 games now used as benchmarks for machine intelligence.
Opinionated Science Episode 22: Nano-sized Waste Causing Macro-sized Problems
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Opinionated Science Episode 22: Nano-sized Waste Causing Macro-sized Problems

In this episode, the team is joined by Ariel Bohman, an application scientist at Perkin Elmer. They discuss the different types of microplastics and how they are affecting everything from the food we eat to the corals in our oceans.
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