Author : Luka Zupancic

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Connected Laboratory & the Role of IoT in Science

Science has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. But another field has been trying to overshadow it with constant innovations and growth. This field was conceptualized in 1982 (1) but has since then become a complete reality. This new field has had an impact on almost anything mankind is still doing.

Known as the Internet of Things, IoT has completely changed the way most jobs are done nowadays. And science laboratories are no different.

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The Importance of Better Digital Data Management in Laboratories and The FAIR Future

At the present time of clinical trials, along with complex sampling requirements and increased data output, also demands effective management tools and innovation samples. Luckily, various technological solutions also have been developed to ease multiple laboratory aspects of conducted clinical trials. However, since 80s research production has begun to grow exponentially, marking the research data management beginning challenges. However, the arrival of throughput technologies has shifted the weight from collecting data to sorting, analyzing, managing and storing.

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The Important Link Between Nutrition and Sleep

Getting good quality sleep is about a lot more than how many hours of sleep you get each night. High quality sleep depends on everything from the exercise you get, the sunshine hours you get in the day, how much you look at screens all day, and perhaps most importantly, the food and drinks you take in every day. Eating healthy foods that are full of nutrients has a major impact on our brain’s health and activity and by extension, our sleep quality. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you decide what you eat every day.

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Massive US Government Study To Offer Genetic Counseling

A US government study aims to sequence the genomes of one million volunteers as part of its new ”All of Us” project. A genetic-counselling company hired by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will work with participants to help them understand their results. Most of the participants are recruited from ethnic and socioeconomic groups that are typically under-represented in biomedical studies.

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Scientists Discover a Previously Unknown Pain-Sensing Organ

Researchers at Karolinska Institute in Sweden have discovered a new sensory organ that can detect painful mechanical damage such as pricks and impacts. These octopus-like cells surround the pain-sensing nerves and extend into the outer layer of skin. The discovery raises hopes that it could lead to the development of new painkilling drugs.

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World’s First Human-Monkey Hybrid Raises Concern Among Scientists

Spanish scientists produced the first human-monkey chimeras in China to bypass ethical guardrails, igniting yet another ethical debate. Chimeras could effectively address the global shortage of organs, as well as organ rejection but raise many moral concerns. Advancements in this field could save lives yet they are highly controversial.

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Quick Changes You’ll Notice After Eating More Healthily

Why Should You Stay Healthy?

When life is overtaken by busy events and career goals, sometimes with family on the side as another constant distraction, it can be difficult to find time to plan out healthy meals or keep your body in the condition which, deep down, you know it should (and can) be in. But just eating more healthily will produce amazing results which you will notice within your mind and body.

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Data Detective Exposes Fraud and Mistakes in Leading Clinical Trials

A small number of diligent people is rooting around scientific records for suspicious data in clinical research. Anaesthetist for England’s National Health Service John Carlisle is one of them. He has spotted numerous problems in a large number of research papers, and his findings have led to hundreds of retracted papers, due to both misconduct and mistakes. Even a leading medical journal has changed its practice after a few Carlisle’s discoveries.

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The Present And Future of Gene Drives

Gene drives are capable of altering genomes of entire animal populations by passing down mutations through generations faster than natural inheritance. The main goal of using them is to defeat diseases, control pests and speed up lab work. Self-destructing mosquitoes and sterilized rodents are in the center of interest. However, recent advancements raise concerns about unleashing this powerful technology with no clear ecological consequences