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Professor Nergis Mavalvala

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Nergis Mavalvala [1] Introduction Nergis Mavalvala champions diversity as the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics and the Associate Head of the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) [1], a female in a male-dominated field, but that’s just the beginning. She is also a Pakistani-American, and openly queer. A professor […]

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Alan Turing: The Pioneer and Revolutionary

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Alan Turning; Courtesy of The New York Times Abstract:  Alan Turing was a homosexual English mathematician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist, known for his famous work in cracking the Nazi Germany communication code called the Enigma code and developing the first blueprints to what became the modern computer. However, aside from his revolutionary work in these […]

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Tobacco Withdrawal and Coping Techniques

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Abstract: Smoking is one of the biggest problems that has hunted our society for decades. The usage of cigarettes, cigars, and pipes has led to a dangerous and addictive cycle attributing to the deaths of more than 100 million adults. This is because tobacco, the substance found in all these smoking methods, is made up […]

Biology

Smoking causes cancers in other parts of the body too; is it true?

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Although the scientific revelation between the causal correlation between smoking and lung cancer has now arguably become “common knowledge, many people seem unaware that lung cancer is not the only cancer that smokers become susceptible to. Smoking is known to cause at least 15 different types of cancer: lung, larynx, oesophagus, oral cavity, nasopharynx, pharynx, […]

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The Chemistry of Tobacco Products

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Figure 1: Tobacco products. Courtesy of The Independent. Introduction Over 5000 chemicals can be found in tobacco smoke often having devastating carcinogenic, respiratory, or circulatory effects on the human body. The most common tobacco smoke caused deaths include cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as well as various types of cancers, making it one of […]

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An Overview on Electronic Cigarettes: Health and Environmental Concerns

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Introduction: What are electronic cigarettes? Electronic cigarette is a term used to describe electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), which are noncombustible tobacco products. These products use a liquid solution that contains nicotine including ingredients such as flavorings, propylene glycol, and vegetable glycerin. However, the chemical composition of e-cigarettes vary. They are different from regular cigarettes […]

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Tobacco’s Impact on the Brain and Neural Function

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Abstract: Tobacco usage is known to be one of the leading causes of death, with 7 million worldwide dying each year as a result of smoking cigarettes, or chewing tobacco products.[1] There are also many around the world that do not smoke, but inhale cigarette smoke as a result of being exposed to smokers, in […]

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GSK Revealed: STEM – Undergraduate Event

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GSK House, Brentford, UK. The main headquarters of GSK operations. Photo by Adam Khan-Qureshi. On the 16th April 2019, I was among the few lucky candidates selected to be invited to attend the ‘GSK Revealed: STEM’ event hosted by GlaxoSmithKlein (GSK), one of the largest biopharma companies in the world! To give some context – […]

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Criminality: Is It Inheritable and Can It Be Explained by Genetics?

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As genetics have become more integrated in various fields (for example, medicine), it is important to examine its application. Specifically, in the field of law, there can be questions concerning whether genetics can be valid evidence for individuals’ criminal acts.  What is Criminality? In the book Behavioral Genetics, Baker emphasises that the definition of criminality […]