How our brains convert experiences into memories

The first dance at my wedding lasted exactly four minutes and 52 seconds, but I’ll probably remember it for decades. Neuroscientists still don’t entirely understand this: How was my brain able to translate this less-than-five-minute experience into a lifelong memory? Part of the puzzle is that there’s…

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Using data solutions to help understand natural disasters

From Hawaii’s volcanic eruptions through to Cape Town’s drought, the world has seen its fair share of natural disasters over the last couple of months. Several weeks ago, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continued to eject a continuous stream of lava and a crest of ash into the atmosphere.…

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A new way to equip Afrika’s science labs

How does one train science students without equipment? As a sociologist of science specialising in African countries, this is a question I get asked with sad regularity. How, African science, technology, engineering and maths educators ask me, can the next generation of globally competitive scientists be trained using teaching laboratories…

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Malawi's Stanford Muyila wins young scientist award in Japan

Malawi's Stanford Muyila has been awarded the Young Scientist Award in Japan during the Japan-China-Korea Grassland Conference. Muyila is currently studying towards a Masters degree at the Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine in Japan. As part of his award, Muyila received a scholarship to pursue further studies in…

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Brainwashing is a myth

Nearly 40 years ago, my two sisters, Carolyn Layton and Annie Moore, were among those who planned the mass deaths in Jonestown on Nov. 18, 1978. Part of a movement called Peoples Temple, which was led by a charismatic pastor named Jim Jones, they had moved with 1,000 other…

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