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We are a group of science journalists on the City University science journalism Master's course with a diverse range of interests. Elements is a platform for us to showcase our work and report the latest science news.

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  • May 27, 2011
  • 07:59 AM

Good things come in pairs: mothers of twins “naturally healthier” than other women

by James Brooks in Elements Science

Mining the historical records in the US state of Utah has yielded a link between innate healthiness, longevity and double births, reports James Brooks

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  • May 25, 2011
  • 09:28 AM

Poland’s doctors earn £65million a year for illegal abortions

by James Brooks in Elements Science

Abortion is illegal in Poland and, as a recent report shows, doctors benefit financially from this situation. James Brooks reports.

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  • May 25, 2011
  • 04:55 AM

Camouflage in the eyes of the beholder

by Jennifer Appleton in Elements Science

An animal’s ability to camouflage itself is a practical defence, but as Jennifer Appleton finds out, their technique isn’t always flawless.... Read more »

Chiao CC, Wickiser JK, Allen JJ, Genter B, & T Hanlon R. (2011) Hyperspectral imaging of cuttlefish camouflage indicates good color match in the eyes of fish predators. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 21576487  

  • May 24, 2011
  • 01:27 PM

The Science of Beauty

by Abi Millar in Elements Science

From parasite resistance to the golden ratio – Abi Millar examines the science behind what is considered ‘beautiful’.

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  • May 24, 2011
  • 04:16 AM

‘Guilty’ Dog look, all in the owners imagination

by Jennifer Appleton in Elements Science

Jennifer Appleton reports on how even the most innocent of dogs will get the blame for giving a look which is all in the owners mind.

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  • May 23, 2011
  • 02:00 PM

How to mend a broken heart: nanotechnology offers new hope for heart attack sufferers

by Richard Masters in Elements Science

Scientists have developed a patch that could help those suffering from damaged hearts, reports Richard Masters

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  • May 23, 2011
  • 12:48 PM

Younger doctors prescribe more heart drugs to no apparent benefit

by James Brooks in Elements Science

James Brooks looks at an Italian study that shows younger medics are less inclined to give lifestyle advice to heart patients than more experienced colleagues

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  • May 23, 2011
  • 08:31 AM

Earthquake prediction: fact or fiction?

by Michael Jones in Elements Science

Accurate prediction of hazards saves millions of lives and billions of dollars each year, but as Michael Jones reports, this isn’t always easy.

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  • April 12, 2011
  • 11:59 AM

Exercise, sex and visits to the doctor linked to heart risk

by James Brooks in Elements Science

Activities variously associated with Lycra, white coats and birthday suits all carry a (very, very small) cardiac risk, reports James Brooks

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  • March 31, 2011
  • 06:06 PM

Transforming the way we measure blood pressure

by Fareha Lasker in Elements Science

Fareha Lasker reports on how mathematical modelling could revolutionise the way blood pressure is measured... Read more »

  • March 30, 2011
  • 09:37 AM

‘Meeting sickness’ and possible cures

by Abi Millar in Elements Science

Meetings are one of the hot topics in occupational psychology. How can this bane of working life best be addressed? Asks Abi Millar.

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  • March 29, 2011
  • 01:22 PM

A brain scanner that can be worn around the cage (it’s for rats)

by James Brooks in Elements Science

James Brooks reports on the development of a device which may challenge our understanding of how the brain works (and not just the rat brain).

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Schulz, D., Southekal, S., Junnarkar, S., Pratte, J., Purschke, M., Stoll, S., Ravindranath, B., Maramraju, S., Krishnamoorthy, S., Henn, F.... (2011) Simultaneous assessment of rodent behavior and neurochemistry using a miniature positron emission tomograph. Nature Methods. DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.1582  

  • March 29, 2011
  • 09:28 AM

Video: Physical Attraction

by Jack Serle in Elements Science

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. With so many images of an idealised beauty thrown at us every day, how does this affect our judgement? Richard Masters investigates

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Swami, V., Furnham, A., Chamorro-Premuzic, T., Akbar, K., Gordon, N., Harris, T., Finch, J., & Tovee, M. (2010) More Than Just Skin Deep? Personality Information Influences Men's Ratings of the Attractiveness of Women's Body Sizes. The Journal of Social Psychology, 150(6), 628-647. DOI: 10.1080/00224540903365497  

  • March 29, 2011
  • 03:58 AM

The nocebo effect – negative thinking on drug action

by Fareha Lasker in Elements Science

Our understanding of placebo is growing; Fareha Lasker reports on a new study that suggests it could work in reverse... Read more »

  • March 25, 2011
  • 06:28 PM

Debate: Is mental health a medical issue?

by Lorna Powell in Elements Science

Elements’ health editors, James Brooks and Lorna Powell debate whether society’s belief that mental illness is a medical matter is justified

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Abi-Dargham A, Gil R, Krystal J, Baldwin RM, Seibyl JP, Bowers M, van Dyck CH, Charney DS, Innis RB, & Laruelle M. (1998) Increased striatal dopamine transmission in schizophrenia: confirmation in a second cohort. The American journal of psychiatry, 155(6), 761-7. PMID: 9619147  

Fournier, J., DeRubeis, R., Hollon, S., Dimidjian, S., Amsterdam, J., Shelton, R., & Fawcett, J. (2010) Antidepressant Drug Effects and Depression Severity: A Patient-Level Meta-analysis. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 303(1), 47-53. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2009.1943  

  • March 22, 2011
  • 12:52 PM

Musical Genes

by Lorna Powell in Elements Science

Lorna Powell tunes into new research that suggests our genes could influence our enjoyment of music.

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  • March 5, 2011
  • 11:18 AM

Comment: When a medical term has someone’s name

by Débora Miranda in Elements Science

Multiple Sclerosis in times of spending cuts: Débora Miranda looks into the human side of degenerative diseases for Elements... Read more »

Huang, J., Jarjour, A., Oumesmar, B., Kerninon, C., Williams, A., Krezel, W., Kagechika, H., Bauer, J., Zhao, C., Evercooren, A.... (2010) Retinoid X receptor gamma signaling accelerates CNS remyelination. Nature Neuroscience, 14(1), 45-53. DOI: 10.1038/nn.2702  

  • February 28, 2011
  • 03:01 PM

Video: chimpanzees, tools and Treculia fruits

by Djuke Veldhuis in Elements Science

New research shows that the tools a chimpanzee population will use is governed by the environment they live in, reports Louise Ogden.

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  • February 28, 2011
  • 12:34 PM

Science funding and the future of UK science; on the cusp of a decision

by Jack Serle in Elements Science

The wobbling global economy has given research grants a thump. Jack Serle looks at the ramifications this hit to funding will have for British and Irish scientists.

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Zwicky, F. (1958) Nuclear Goblins and Flare Stars. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 506. DOI: 10.1086/127284  

  • February 28, 2011
  • 10:16 AM

Polygamy bad for women

by Abi Millar in Elements Science

Polygamy has been shown to harm women’s reproductive success, heightening the mystery as to why it exists at all, reports Abi Millar

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Jacob A. Moorada, Daniel E.L. Promislow, Ken R. Smith, Michael J. Wade. (2011) Mating system change reduces the strength of sexual selection in an American frontier population of the 19th century. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32(2), 147-155. info:/

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