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Neuronal Behaviour in Learning and Memory May Be Influenced by Glial Cells

Are neurons all they’re cracked up to be? For decades, we have believed the neuron to be the king of all cells. Neurons are grown at a rate of 250,000 cells per minute in utero, culminating in a fully grown brain with 100 billion neurons, and over 100 trillion neuronal connections. This is more than all… Continue reading Neuronal Behaviour in Learning and Memory May Be Influenced by Glial Cells

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Glioblastoma: Jessica’s Story (Guest Post)

Hello, my name is Jessica. Who am I? I am a mother of 2 young boys, under 5, but this isn’t about them. I’m just a proud mother. I’ll be 30 this year, and, unfortunately, on top of all that I have brain cancer. A grade IV glioblastoma to be exact. What were my symptoms?… Continue reading Glioblastoma: Jessica’s Story (Guest Post)

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Cancer Factsheet: Glioblastoma and the Need for Targeted Cancer Therapies

What is Glioblastoma? Glioblastoma is the most common and aggressive form of brain tumour. It is an extremely fast-growing cancer which has no known cure. Glioblastomas are named for the cells they form in; glial cells. Though the brain is best known for having billions of neurons, 90% of brain matter is made from glial… Continue reading Cancer Factsheet: Glioblastoma and the Need for Targeted Cancer Therapies

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JonJivan Creates Spreadsheet Tracking Son’s First Words – the Graphs are Fascinating

We all know that kids are pretty amazing. I mean, they might be snotty balls of tears and screaming, but they literally have to learn EVERYTHING and they actually succeed! Arguably, one of the most important skills a child must learn is language. It is one of the most complicated and poorly-understood elements of our modern… Continue reading JonJivan Creates Spreadsheet Tracking Son’s First Words – the Graphs are Fascinating

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New Hubble Image Shows Hypergiant Home, Westerlund 1

The Hubble telescope is world-famous for its beautiful images of our universe. Here at the Science Dunk we even posted a Hubble Hump-Day article to get us over the mid-week blues. This week, Hubble has turned its camera to a super-star cluster called Westerlund 1. This fantastical sounding mass is just 15,000 light years away,… Continue reading New Hubble Image Shows Hypergiant Home, Westerlund 1

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Spacecraft Lost for 8 Years Found Orbiting the Moon

It’s not uncommon for NASA to be in the dark. In fact, that’s the whole point. The darkness isn’t always a friend of space exploration, however. It’s pretty hard to see what’s going on up there, and plenty of spacecrafts (but thankfully no astronauts!) have been lost out there. Billions of pounds worth of equipment,… Continue reading Spacecraft Lost for 8 Years Found Orbiting the Moon