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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: November 2014

Mind-altering parasites

Posted by: Steven BremerTue, 25 Nov 2014

Steve Bremer describes different types of parasitic infection that can cause behavioural changes in humans.

Smoking cessation – the Nazi method

Posted by: Steven BremerTue, 25 Nov 2014

Not renowned for its public health measures, Nazi Germany led the first anti-smoking campaign in modern history and was the most powerful anti-smoking movement in the world during the 1930s and early 1940s.

Ensuring the survival of threatened penguins

Posted by: Andrew HaynesFri, 21 Nov 2014

You have probably seen John Lewis’s mawkish Christmas advertisement featuring Monty, an Adélie penguin created by computer-generated imagery. But spare a thought for the plight of Monty’s endangered real-life relatives, many of whom depend on the UK for their protection.

The centenary of the discovery of x-ray crystallography

Posted by: Andrew HaynesFri, 21 Nov 2014

2014 is the International Year of Crystallography. Andrew Haynes pays tribute to Rosalind Franklin, whose contributions to crystallography helped to confirm the structure of DNA.

Using art as therapy and visualising science

Posted by: Benedict LamWed, 19 Nov 2014

Benedict Lam looks at an exhibition in London that brings art and science together and spoke to some of the artists to find out their inspiration

Beware the power of knowing your customer

Posted by: Emma PageWed, 19 Nov 2014

The new profiling tool on the YouGov website is entertaining but has the potential to mislead, writes Emma Page

Googling the bloodstream: how disease might be detected with ingested nanoparticles

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 14 Nov 2014

Google is developing technology that combines ingested disease-detecting nanoparticles with a wrist sensor.

We must be there for those who are victims of abuse

Posted by: Chris ChapmanFri, 14 Nov 2014

The legacy of abuse can stay with victims for life, writes Chris Chapman, who heard escaped Westboro Baptist Church member Nate Phelps speak last week.

The afflictions of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Posted by: David WalshWed, 12 Nov 2014

Famous as a post-impressionist artist, unfortunate Toulouse-Lautrec was afflicted with pycnodysostosis. David Walsh explains

The controversial coca leaf

Posted by: David WalshWed, 12 Nov 2014

David Walsh describes the complicated history of the coca leaf and its use

Is it art to exploit the drug industry’s designs?

Posted by: Andrew HaynesThu, 6 Nov 2014

The Paul Stolper Gallery is hosting the latest pharmacy-inspired Damien Hirst exhibition. Andrew Haynes questions whether this is art or exploitation.

Sloppy science should not be tolerated

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 3 Nov 2014

Theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli had strong views about sloppy science, writes Andrew Haynes.

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