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Pub Science: Phage - A

Pub Science: Phage – A

Antibiotics are life-savers, literally. They have protected us from infections and death time and time again. Most people know about the modern discovery of them and there is evidence of their use through diet as far back as 330 BC (components of tetracycline from diet is incorporated into bones and …

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Everybody Loves Dinosaurs

Everybody Loves Dinosaurs

In the 90’s when Jurassic Park aired on TV, it was stop-everything-and-watch-TV time. Back then I thought dinosaurs were pretty cool, albeit terrifying. But now I realise that everybody at some point has thought dinosaurs to be fascinating. What is it about these prehistoric giants that amaze us? Is it their …

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Game Review: Mass Effect Andromeda

Game Review: Mass Effect Andromeda

While we take a retrospective consideration of history this week, BioWare Montreal’s latest project thrusts towards the future in a galaxy far far away. Mass Effect Andromeda is the highly anticipated follow up to the acclaimed Mass Effect Trilogy, which concluded on what has been universally recognised as a disappointing …

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7 Scientists Worth Celebrating

7 Scientists Worth Celebrating

There are so, so many discoveries and inventions that are truly remarkable and ought to be celebrated. Sadly, for many, the scientists behind them have been swallowed up over time. Here is a list of seven underrated scientists that you should get to know*. Charles Babbage (b.1791- d.1871) In today’s …

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Learning Languages With Duolingo

Learning Languages With Duolingo

Do you find learning languages challenging? Maybe even terrifying? Have you ever walked into a lecture, faced with wide-eyed fear at the lack of English spoken? Well, fear no longer, your solution is here: the trusty Duolingo app*. With a number of different language options, and easy short listening, reading and …

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Pub Science: Survive - Fight or Flight

Pub Science: Survive – Fight or Flight

Show and Tell. Three words that would either make or break your early schooling life. Suzie’s just finished her talk, it was all about this really cool rock she found on the weekend. But Suzie has finished now, that means you’re next. You slowly get out of your chair, carry …

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Documentary Review: Planet Earth II

Documentary Review: Planet Earth II

Viewing through a high-definition video quality, fancy television screens, and expensive sound systems, “Planet Earth II” offers a rich textured insight into the Earth. Scenes range from stop-motion depictions of molten lava forming islands in the Pacific Ocean to the ferocious carnivores racing to hunt their prey. The seven new episodes feature …

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Interview: Justin Truong, GigPick

Interview: Justin Truong, GigPick

Blitz chatted to Justin Truong, co-founder of GigPick, a startup empowering local performers and connecting event organisers with live music acts. How did the idea for GigPick come about? I used to be very involved in various student societies on campus, where I organised events for the student constituency and through this, I was exposed …

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Soda Pop: The Soft Drink That's Hard To Swallow

Soda Pop: The Soft Drink That’s Hard To Swallow

It’s a hot, sweaty day and you’ve just finished doing whatever sweaty people do, probably leaping from tree to tree or herding brumbies in the Outback. You’re thirsty. Advertising tells you that you can only quench that thirst with a Solo, but then mum’s voice echoes through your mind, something about …

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Tech Geek: Nokia 3310

Nokia 3310: The Brick Phone Is Back

The iconic Nokia 3310 we all know and love as it’s more common name, ‘the brick phone’, is making a big come back this year with an updated version released by HMD Global. The new 3310 boasts an impressive 22 hours of talk-time and an incredible four weeks of battery …

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Pub Science: Pheromones - Nature's Cologne

Pub Science: Pheromones – Nature’s Cologne

You and me baby, ain’t nothing but mammals – but it seems that us humans are a little more complicated than the Bloodhound Gang’s description, at least when it comes to getting lucky (*wink wink* *nudge nudge*). For humans, getting lucky is all about dressing well, being funny, and meeting …

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Hamlet is, one of Shakespeare’s timeless plays. It is one of the most frequently quoted books in the world, and some historians argue that it is the second most quoted book in the world, right after the Bible. The exploration of mental disorders and how a mental disorder affected a person, as well as those around him, is precisely what made Hamlet so quotable. Written in the 1600's, the humanistic story delved into an array of mental disorders projected through the strong and relatable human characters. Consequently, leaving every reader wondering, “Was Hamlet actually mad?” Mad or crazy, whichever of these interchangeable words you choose to call him, there was no denying that something was not quite right about Hamlet. But did his actions render him mad? If Hamlet walked into a psychologist’s office today, would he be diagnosed with a disorder? Or was it all a façade for him to attain his personal goals? To be diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder, formerly known as manic-depressive disorder, an individual must present a single episode of mania during the course of their life. Throughout the play Hamlet displays: irritability, elevated mood, unusual talkativeness, flights of ideas, and excessive involvement in activities that are likely to have undesirable consequences. All of these things qualify Hamlet for Bipolar I. It can also be argued that Hamlet also had Schizophrenia, as he kept on seeing and talking to his father’s ghost. However, as this was the only Schizophrenic symptom, we cannot diagnose him with the disorder. Moreover, we can not be certain if Hamlet actually hallucinated and saw the ghost, or if he only pretended to act insane in front of the King to escape liability for his string of questionable actions. Either way, Hamlet, the prince of Denmark was a very troubled soul with contentious actions and the answer to the time old question of whether or not he was actually mad is still inconclusive.

Psyched: To Be or Not To Be Mad

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s timeless plays. It is one of the most frequently quoted books in the world. Some historians argue that it is the second most quoted book in the world, right after the Bible. The exploration of mental disorders and how a mental disorder affected a person, as …

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Pub Science: Discovering New Zealandia

Discovering New Zealandia

Places of the world that start with Z include: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Zanzibar, Zürich, Zealandia… You read right, Zealandia is a real place. In fact, it’s the world’s newest and smallest continent. As you probably guessed, it sits under the gigantic land mass known as New Zealand, but also New Caledonia …

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Pub Science: The Garlic Disease - Not Bad Breath

Pub Science: The Garlic Disease – Not Bad Breath

Science has done some pretty weird things, especially when it comes to medicine. One of the weirdest things doctors have done, is treating syphilis…with malaria. Julius Wagner von Jauregg, who discovered and then developed this ground-breaking work was not only praised, but was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or …

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Tech Geek

A round up of the five hottest tech gadgets for this week. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 Panasonic’s new Lumix DMC-LX10 is a beast of a camera with its F1.4 high-speed lens, 20.1 megapixel, 1” MOS sensor. It can take 4K resolution Photos and Videos. This is definitely an impressive point-and-shoot camera that …

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Pub Science: Hair, An Homage To The Afro

Pub Science: Hair, An Homage To The Afro

Let’s throw it back to our parents’ style when they were our age and in university. The flared jeans, the gold chain, the platform shoes, and best of all: that afro! That shimmering, stylised, highly flammable head of hair. Chemical alterations and expensive stylist appointments aside, how come some people …

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Science Fortnightly: Using Technology to Combat Climate Change

I have heard of ‘terrible’ or ‘unusual’ weather conditions much more frequently, lately. Just this week, heavy rainfall caused a Landslide in Sri Lanka burying over 200 families. Hotter Summers and Harsher Winters are reported almost seasonally. All of this brings us to ‘Climate Change’. Throughout human history we run …

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Science Fortnightly: Looking Into Quantum Computing!

Over the past few weeks, one term has been popping up all over the place; Quantum Computing. News headlines, Facebook Posts or even in random conversations. So what is the big deal with Quantum Computing? I decided to do a bit of my own research. First and foremost, What is Quantum Computing? …

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Science Fortnightly: #LinkFestival2016

There are those who directly help people, like doctors, teachers and fire fighters. Then there are those who ‘claim’ to drive society forward like policy makers and social entrepreneurs. Whichever way you may look at it, Scientists and Engineers are often thought to be dissociated with social change. This is …

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Ask an Astronaut: Your Space Questions Answered

Space is a curious place. It’s the final frontier. Only 563 humans have ever been there. If you could take them out for a beer, what’s the first thing you’d ask them? Can you fart in space, obviously. Colonel Chris Hadfield lived aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for five …

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Four Out of This World Space Facts

Where do astronauts like to hangout? The spacebar. So stop sending in your selfies to NASA – we all know you’re a star – and keep reading for more totally legit (we swear) space factoids that are out of this world. The Centre of the Galaxy is Basically a Kinder …

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