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  • Déjà vuplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigDéjà vu

    Déjà vu - from 'already seen' in French - is the feeling that one has experienced, or even 'lived through' a particular situation before.

    From a scientific viewpoint :

    "It is an anomaly of memory whereby, despite the strong sense of recollection, the time, p…
  • Xerophthalmiaplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigXerophthalmia

    Xerophthalmia is one of the most common causes of blindness worldwide.

    It predominantly affects children, and is estimated to cause vision loss in more than 500,000 people each year.

    It leads to a gradual loss of transparency of the cornea, and is know…
  • Siestas and cardio healthplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigSiestas and cardio health

    A 2007 study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, found that a habitual midday nap was associated with a reduction of over 30% in mortality caused by cardiovascular problems.

    The reasons are currently unclear - and research…
  • Flower Preferenceplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigFlower Preference

    Note: This article is currently in the Proposed Content section

    "Although the aesthetic appreciation of flowers is a well-known aspect of human behaviour, theories explaining its origin are missing. The only exception is the evolutionary theory of H…
  • Bimatoprostplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigBimatoprost

    Bimatoprost is a drug used to treat Glaucoma - excess pressure within the eye. It currently has more than 2 million prescriptions per year in the US alone. Marketed, usually as eye-drops, under the brand names Lumigan, Latisse, Vistitan and others.
  • Halofantrineplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigHalofantrine

    "Halofantrine belongs to a group of medicines known as antimalarials. It is used to treat malaria, a red blood cell infection transmitted by the bite of a mosquito. Source : drugs.com"

    Halofantrine is a commonly prescribed drug used to treat severe mala…
  • Consciousnessplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigConsciousness

    Does an ant carrying a piece of leaf across the forest floor ‘know’ it’s doing so? Is it conscious? If science could construct a machine as complex as the human brain, would it ‘know’ it existed? Will it oneday be possible to explain consciousness via the…

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  • Déjà vuplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigDéjà vu

    Déjà vu - from 'already seen' in French - is the feeling that one has experienced, or even 'lived through' a particular situation before.

    From a scientific viewpoint :

    "It is an anomaly of memory whereby, despite the strong sense of recollection, the time, p…
  • Siestas and cardio healthplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigSiestas and cardio health

    A 2007 study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, found that a habitual midday nap was associated with a reduction of over 30% in mortality caused by cardiovascular problems.

    The reasons are currently unclear - and research…
  • Flower Preferenceplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigFlower Preference

    Note: This article is currently in the Proposed Content section

    "Although the aesthetic appreciation of flowers is a well-known aspect of human behaviour, theories explaining its origin are missing. The only exception is the evolutionary theory of H…
  • Bimatoprostplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigBimatoprost

    Bimatoprost is a drug used to treat Glaucoma - excess pressure within the eye. It currently has more than 2 million prescriptions per year in the US alone. Marketed, usually as eye-drops, under the brand names Lumigan, Latisse, Vistitan and others.
  • Halofantrineplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigHalofantrine

    "Halofantrine belongs to a group of medicines known as antimalarials. It is used to treat malaria, a red blood cell infection transmitted by the bite of a mosquito. Source : drugs.com"

    Halofantrine is a commonly prescribed drug used to treat severe mala…
  • Artesunateplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigArtesunate

    Artesunate is a widely prescribed drug used to treat severe malaria infections. It was developed in the mid 1970s, and is now on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines.

    It was originally derived from Artemisinin , a compound extracted f…
  • High Temperature Superconductivityplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigHigh Temperature Superconductivity

    The first high-temperature superconductor was discovered in 1986 by IBM researchers Karl Müller and Johannes Bednorz, for which they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1987. Since then many other materials with even higher sup…
  • The Mind / Body problemplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigThe Mind / Body problem

    "Humans have (or seem to have) both physical properties and mental properties. People have (or seem to have) the sort of properties attributed in the physical sciences. These physical properties include size, weight, shape, colour, motion throu…
  • Colchicineplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigColchicine

    Colchicine is an anti-inflammatory medication used to treat Gout and Behçet's disease. Sold under the brand names Colcrys, Mitigare, Gloperba and many others.

    It was originally isolated from a herbal remedy - the Autumn Crocus plant - in use for at least 3,…
  • Touchplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigTouch

    Although a huge body of research has investigated how 'touch' sensations work in mammals (especially humans), the 'mechano-transduction' channels are still not fully explained. In particular, mechanisms providing the 'pleasant' aspects of touch have not yet been …

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