How twins happen: Fraternal vs Identical

Twins, good for minor characters in creepy horror films and known for the special bond that they’re supposed share. But what exactly is the difference between identical and non-identical twins I hear you say. Well, let’s get down to the science.

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Why your fingerprints are unique

Your fingerprints are unique. They are yours, and yours alone. They can open doors, unlock your phone, let you into a country, or even just into a theme park. They are your personal identifier. Although there are many uses for fingerprints, perhaps the one which has most captured the public’s imagination is their use in forensic science. After all, how many criminals in stories wouldn’t have been caught without a careless fingerprint left at the scene. Because of this, it is quite fitting that this is also one of its first recorded uses.

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You make your own luck

Picture the scenario:

You pull up to deserted T-junction in your brand new Mini Cooper. After a cursory glance in each direction, there doesn’t seem to be anything there. But then again, you’ve driven this way hundreds of times and nothings ever there. You slowly ease into the middle of the junction. Suddenly the glint of another car’s windshield enters your peripheral vision. There’s a screech of tortured rubber but it’s too late. Time goes into slow motion as the two vehicles approach at what seems a glacial speed. Everything goes black. When you open your eyes again, the world is full of twisted metal. Your head feels like the morning after a heavy night with Orsen Welles and there’s smoke rising from under the hood. You’re battered and bruised, but alive. What’s the first thing that goes through your head?

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The appropriation of the lab coat: A short history

Lab coats. That thing you wear when you’re trying to look sciency because there are cameras around or the lab is a bit nippy. However, when you line up for your first of many coffees of the day, the casual observer may see something different. Possibly as a result of all the chemical stains, or maybe because of the splatters of blood, it will probably be assumed you’ve been dumpster diving in the hospital trash and stolen an MDs coat.

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IF Kipling was a Grad Student

IF kipling was a grad student

If you can keep your hypothesis, when all about you
Are scrapping theirs and saying you should too,
If you can trust your calculations when all PIs doubt you,
But make allowance for poor maths skills too;
If you can incubate, and not be tired by waiting,
Or review papers, and see though bare faced lies,
Or do westerns, and don’t give way to hating,
And not be too upset about your cell cultures demise:

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The Science of Healing Touch (or alternatively, how magic hands work)

The Reiki is strong in this one

The basics are as follows:

Human energy field/Aura/Reiki is a field of energy that surrounds and penetrates the body and also emit from every living thing (like the force, just less exciting). They even have a colour if you are particularly aware that depends on your base emotional state.

A healing touch practitioner is able to interact with this field and remove any blocks to the ‘vital flow of energy’ that a patient may have. This then allows the now considerably fiscally poorer patient to absorb more energy from the universe (I can only assume they mean background radiation) to speed up healing. All this without requiring any of that nasty medical equipment that would only clutter up the place, increase overheads and leave less space for fairy themed paraphernalia.

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