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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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An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away: Homemade Cider

An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away: Homemade Cider

Apples are healthy. Cider is made of apples. Therefore cider is healthy. We put together a recipe for apples in their final stage of evolution – bubbly goodness in a glass. Cider usually takes 14 days to ferment, if you’re not keen on waiting that long to consume your homemade cider, head over to …

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Endorphins - Why Happy People Don't Kill Their Husbands

Endorphins – Why Happy People Don’t Kill Their Husbands

In the wise words of Elle Woods “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy and happy people just don’t kill their husbands.” Apart from being an anti-spouse murdering molecule, what are endorphins and how do they work? Endorphins are these cool little molecules that we make in response to pain and …

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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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Science Fortnightly: Energy Crisis

Energy Research at UNSW come with a lot of success stories. Back in 2014, UNSW developed the most energy efficient solar cell. This was followed by an amazing world record of  the fastest electric vehicle by sUNSWift eVe. So, it probably does not come off as a surprise to hear …

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Science Fortnightly: UNSW’s 2015-in-Review

Currently Aiming to finish your Final Thesis Report? Or perhaps you are just starting at UNSW as a first year? Either way, you have a long year ahead of you! Here’s a bit of motivation before the semester starts. Let us review some of UNSW accomplishments from 2015 as we …

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The Playlist: Mental Health

Semester starting to weigh on you? Blitz curated the perfect feel-good playlist for those of you that are feeling the heat. Eat You Alive – The Oh Hello’s A short and sweet starter – to prove you’re alive! Stars (Hold On) – Youngblood Hawke A fun and fulfilling, heartfelt combination of …

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