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Quo Vadis, COVID-19 Vaccine?

Quo Vadis, COVID-19 Vaccine?

We have a vaccine for COVID-19. Finally this pandemic could be over with. Hurrah! Late last year, Pfizer, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Sinovac, and other developers announced their successful endeavours in producing effective vaccines against COVID-19. Despite differences in methods and production techniques,…

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Three Memes And A Quantum Computer —  Or Why Do Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Three Memes And A Quantum Computer — Or Why Do Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

What is my research about? Let me start from afar! We want to build a quantum computer. Why bother? Well, would you like to be able to easily design enzymes making plastic degrade safer and faster? Or to speed up…

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Oxford, Enteric Fever, and Global Health

Oxford, Enteric Fever, and Global Health

While enteric fever is considered a historical affliction by many western countries, I feel it has a long-standing connection with Oxford. First described in 1678 as putrid fever by Thomas Willis whilst he was working with Christopher Wren (of Radcliffe…

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A ladder of ideas

A ladder of ideas

English is a strange language in insisting on the addition of the verb ‘do’ to form the question, when our cousins in Europe seem to do quite well without. When studying in Padua, I learned that there was an example…

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Dispelling the myths of secular mindfulness

Dispelling the myths of secular mindfulness

If you enter the keywords ‘mindfulness’ or ‘meditation’ in PubMed, a large database for biomedical research, you will retrieve over 20,000 references. This may come as no surprise for some, who have noticed that the term mindfulness is everywhere in…

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A travel guide and a (cognitive) map

A travel guide and a (cognitive) map

A travel guide and a (cognitive) map: a neuroscientific fable from a world of open borders Have you ever gone into a different room, only to forget what you were doing? Have you ever been bewildered while travelling somewhere very…

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Critical Pedagogies and Political Identity Formation in Turkey

Critical Pedagogies and Political Identity Formation in Turkey

As an Educationalist, I have had to endure questions from non-specialists that allow me to prove that I am not training to become a teacher, but I am trying to provide new insights that challenge the way teachers do the…

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What is Art? Art Gallery Rituals and The Importance of Art in Social Life.

What is Art? Art Gallery Rituals and The Importance of Art in Social Life.

Art is a complex concept to define. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, art is: ‘The expression or application of creative human skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated…

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Unexplored Vocabularies in the Chinese Higher Education Context

Unexplored Vocabularies in the Chinese Higher Education Context

As humans living on one fragile planet, how are we to view one another, our diversities and complexities, and where are the vocabularies that help us flesh out a full-bodied understanding of an interconnected, functioning worldwide human community? Are there…

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The Fuel of the Future

The Fuel of the Future

Westminster Bridge, London. Photo by Hugo Sousa on Unsplash Today, humans will extract almost 100 million barrels of oil from the Earth. The size of this continuous flow of black sludge is difficult to visualise but let’s try; combined with the extraction of…

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