Jim O’Mahony

388 Flips | 2 Magazines | 55 Likes | 6 Following | 20 Followers | @jimfromcork | Professor of Biological Sciences at Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland

How to start a scene: 5 ways to reel readers in

Knowing how to start a scene so your reader is involved from the beginning is a skill anyone can develop. Read the following tips to ensure each set …

Creative Writing

Ugandan wins Africa prize for bloodless malaria test

<b>A Ugandan inventor has won a major prize for a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood.</b><p>Brian Gitta, 24, won the Royal Academy of Engineering's Africa Prize for a device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria by shining a red beam of light on the patient's finger.<p>The diagnosis is ready …

Blood Tests

Is Parkinson's linked to bacteriophages?

A recent study concludes that bacteriophages — or viruses that attack bacteria — may play a pivotal role in the development of Parkinson's disease. …

Microbiology

A serious new hurdle for CRISPR: Edited cells might cause cancer, two studies find

Editing cells’ genomes with CRISPR-Cas9 might increase the risk that the altered cells, intended to treat disease, will trigger cancer, two studies …

Genetics

How innovative videography can supercharge education

In the ongoing quest to improve student engagement and learning outcomes, many teachers and academic institutions are exploring novel methods for …

Education Technology

The Key to 21st Century Classrooms Isn't Tech. It's Evolved Teaching.

I often hear people question whether teachers are willing to embrace technology, but if we really want to transform teaching and learning, I think …

Pedagogy

A public genome project will enhance healthcare quality and reduce costs

The ability to predict diseases such as type 2 diabetes would repay the investment many times over

Diabetes

Scientists Discover A Second Brain In Human Body, And It’s Located In The Butt

The 'gut feeling' could be your second brain thinking.<p>It turns out those gut feelings or pits in your stomach may actually come from your second …

Neuroscience

Scientists create the first 3D-printed human corneas

Newcastle University researchers have devised a groundbreaking experimental technique that could help millions on the corneal transplant waiting list. By using a simple 3D bio-printer, Professor of Tissue Engineering Che Connon and his team of scientists were able to combine healthy corneal stem …

Newcastle University

8 Amazing CRISPR projects that could change life as we know it

Since it burst onto the scene a decade ago, CRISPR-Cas9 has shaken the field of genetics to its core. Offering a new genomic editing tool that’s …

Genetics

A century on, why are we forgetting the deaths of 100 million?

This year marks a century since some women got the vote; a century since the end of the first world war; 50 years since the 1968 revolts; 70 since the founding of Israel and the NHS. All have been well marked. So it is striking that the centenary of one of the most devastating events in human …

Disease

Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t.

James Priest couldn’t make sense of it. He was examining the DNA of a desperately ill baby, searching for a genetic mutation that threatened to stop her heart. But the results looked as if they had come from two different infants.<p>“I was just flabbergasted,” said Dr. Priest, a pediatric cardiologist …

Genetics

Breakthrough breast cancer drug Herceptin cures disease 'twice as quick' as previously thought

Women with aggressive breast cancer can be effectively cured in half the time compared to current treatment, minimising harmful side effects, researchers have said.<p>A new trial of patients suffering from HER2-positive breast cancer found survival rates were almost identical among those given six …

Cancer

The WHO Just Declared War on The Single Most Dangerous Type of Fat

It could save 500,000 lives each year.<p>Heart disease kills more people around the world than anything else. More than 17 million people die every year …

Memories Physically Transferred Between Snails Through Strings of RNA

It just took one injection to teach these snails fear.<p>To most of us, memories are intangible, like floating photo albums existing only in the mind. …

A cancer treatment that one expert called the 'most exciting thing I've seen in my lifetime' just got approved to treat more patients

The FDA just approved a cutting-edge cancer therapy to treat another form of blood cancer.<p>It's the second approval for Kymriah, also known as tisagenlecleucel, this time to treat patients with large B-cell lymphoma, and the first for adult patients. An August approval of Kymriah approved the …

Free Tools Students Can Use to Produce Animated Videos

Creating an animated video can be a great extension to many writing projects. Students can use video creation tools to animate short stories that …

New Non-Invasive Continuous Glucose Monitor Will Talk to Your SmartPhone

Here's a product description for you: an accurate, non-invasive continuous glucose monitor that talks to your iPhone, and will call someone if the …

How one cell gives rise to an entire body

One of biology's great mysteries is how a single fertilized egg gives rise to the multitude of cell types, tissues, and organs that fit together to …

Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant

Narrative memos have replaced PowerPoint presentations at Amazon. Here are three reasons why.<p>In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaces it with provides even more valuable insight for …

Public Speaking

Vigorous exercise linked to increased risk of developing motor neurone disease, study suggests

Vigorous exercise may be linked to a heightened risk of developing motor neurone disease, a new study suggests.<p>The disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is sometimes known as the ‘Athlete’s curse’ because it affects a disproportionate number of sports people.<p>ALS, which impacts …

Your Brain on Social Media, According to Neuroscience

Take a break from Facebook to watch this video about Facebook.<p>Neuroscientist Shannon Odell is back, and this time she’s inside your freaking …

'We must equip teachers with the skills and knowledge they need to be confident and effective users of ed tech'

Last summer, a report was published into how ed tech was viewed in the classroom.<p>The study, by BESA, found that teachers were the most valued source …

These 'Sea Nomads' Are The First Known Humans to Have a Genetic Adaptation to Diving

They are evolving to fit their underwater life.<p>The deepest dive recorded by the free-diving Bajau Laut people of Southeast Asia was to an impressive …

Siberian tiger 1st in world to receive stem cell treatment for joints

Igor, a Siberian tiger at the Szeged Zoo in southern Hungary, was treated with a stem cell treatment procedure for his hip joint here on …

Nasal vaccine suspends peanut allergies in mice. Could humans be next?

Imagine a vaccine that can “turn off” peanut allergies, an allergic reaction which affects more than 3 million people in the United States alone. …

Biomedicine

Want to work in biopharma? Here’s what the top companies want

Do you want to work in the rapidly growing biopharma industry? Do you know who the biotech and pharma giants are? Have you any idea about the type of …

House mice carry deadly antibiotic-resistant diseases, scientists warn

House mice carry potentially fatal antibiotic-resistant diseases which could be passed on to humans, scientists have warned.<p>A new study into hundreds of rodents caught from domestic premises found evidence of pathogens such as E.coli, C. difficile and Salmonella.<p>Genetic analysis of their droppings …

Public Health