Abdullah Zulfiqar

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Lit for Life: The paradox of globalisation

In nine crisp points, Member of Parliament and writer Shashi Tharoor laid out the reasons why we need to think beyond world leadership and towards …

First flower in space heralds giant leap for zero-gravity gardening

A blooming zinnia follows a successful lettuce harvest at the International Space Station, taking astronauts a step closer to their aim of growing fresh food for a future manned mission to Mars<p>When there is no “up”, which way does a flower grow? Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) …

Did ‘risk messages’ affect U.S. response to Ebola?

How the news media and public officials communicated risk to Americans during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa may have influenced the public’s …

Disease

Why hepatitis E kills so many pregnant women

Low bodyweight, anemia, and other nutritional deficiencies put pregnant women at greater risk of getting hepatitis E, a disease particularly …

Public Health

The future of cancer treatment is based on a medical miracle: cancers that melt away on their own

Precision medicine has been sold as customizing treatments for patients, matching drugs to disease-causing genes that just a few thousand or even …

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Doodling

Do our aging cells get smarter, not sicker?

The general view of aging is that as we get older the cells in our bodies begin to malfunction and, as a result, we get sick.<p>In a number of diseases, …

Neuroscience

Anatomy Of Addiction: How Heroin And Opioids Hijack The Brain

When Jack O'Connor was 19, he was so desperate to beat his addictions to alcohol and opioids that he took a really rash step. He joined the Marines.<p>"This will fix me," O'Connor thought as he went to boot camp. "It better fix me or I'm screwed."<p>After 13 weeks of sobriety and exercise and discipline, …

Painkillers