The brain may be able to repair itself – with help

Through treating everything from strokes to car accident traumas, neurosurgeon Jocelyne Bloch knows the brain’s inability to repair itself all too well. But now, she suggests, she and her colleagues may have found the key to neural repair: Doublecortin-positive cells. Similar to stem cells, they are extremely adaptable and, when extracted from a brain, cultured and then re-injected in a lesioned area of the same brain, they can help repair and rebuild it. “With a little help,” Bloch says, “the brain may be able to help itself.”

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The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure

“Great dreams aren’t just visions,” says Astro Teller, “They’re visions coupled to strategies for making them real.” The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the “moonshot factory,” as it’s called, where his team seeks to solve the world’s biggest problems through experimental projects like balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air.

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Gene editing can now change an entire species – forever

The CRISPR gene drives allow scientists to change sequences of DNA and guarantee that the resulting edited genetic trait is inherited by future generations, opening up the possibility of altering entire species forever. More than anything, the technology has led to questions:

How will this new power affect humanity?
What are we going to use it to change?
Are we gods now?

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Laura Boushnak; For these women, reading is a daring act

In some parts of the world, half of the women lack basic reading and writing skills. The reasons vary, but in many cases, literacy isn’t valued by fathers, husbands, even mothers. Photographer and TED Fellow Laura Boushnak traveled to countries including Yemen, Egypt and Tunisia to highlight brave women.

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Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure and drive to keep creating

Elizabeth Gilbert was once an “unpublished diner waitress,” devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure.

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2017 Images of Research Competition

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Images of Research Competition 2017

The 2017 Images of Research Competition is now open, please find below all the information you require regarding the competition and participating.

What is the Images of Research Competition?

The Images of Research Competition showcases the research taking place at the University of Lincoln. Participants are asked to submit a unique image, along with an abstract of 150 words describing how the image reflects their research.

Who can participate?

Any staff member or student can participate who is undertaking research at the University of Lincoln.

Prizes

The winning entries will be decided by a panel of Staff and Students representative of the University.
•Overall winner receives £100 amazon voucher
•People Choice Winner £100 amazon voucher
• All entries will be part of the exhibition with winner and runner up images developed into posters for display

How to Enter 

Download the checklist and Application form HERE and return the completed application form with your image to graduateschool@lincoln.ac.uk before the closing date Friday 10th March 2017

For further information or queries please contact graduateschool@lincoln.ac.uk 

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