Sunnah Food Series

This post is an introduction to a short series I will be publishing alongside my usual essays and reviews. Sunnah refers to the practices, traditions and customs of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), all of which have been documented and compiled in a collection of reports known as the Hadith. Islam promotes a clean… Continue reading Sunnah Food Series

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The Power of Introverts

I came across this great talk by Susan Cain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0KYU2j0TM4 I can personally relate. There always seems to be a constant demand for people to be outgoing, talkative, loud, have connections from all over the place, be ready to accept every invitation that comes our way... the list goes on. Which is all very well for… Continue reading The Power of Introverts

How Does Light Affect Sleep Cycles in Mammals?

Something a little different for this one. Here I have presented a systematic literature review about the relationship between light and sleep cycles. I know the layout is a little bit unorthodox as far as scientific research goes, but please bear with it. I'm hoping to do more of these so feedback/advice would be really appreciated.… Continue reading How Does Light Affect Sleep Cycles in Mammals?

CAR T-cell Therapy

  It's been a while... Mortality in cancer is typically determined by the metastatic nature of the disease i.e. the disease becomes more lethal as it spreads throughout the body, whereas the primary tumor can be treated by being surgically removed. For this reason, more than one method of treatment is usually required to treat… Continue reading CAR T-cell Therapy

“Pop-Culture”: An Insight Into Humour and Reward

An article I came across on New Scientist about the scary clown incidents inspired me to write this post. It got me thinking about how big of an influence the internet really is, especially with regards to what people choose to share and the trends that emerge - vines, pranks, challenges. I went over quite… Continue reading “Pop-Culture”: An Insight Into Humour and Reward

Depression from a Multidisciplinary Perspective

Depression is another tricky subject matter. While there are many people who genuinely feel that suffering in silence is the best way to go about it, society and culture doesn't do anyone any favours by treating it as taboo. Here's another previously written piece - I really enjoyed researching into this topic, so I decided… Continue reading Depression from a Multidisciplinary Perspective

When I was Three, I Wanted To Be…

This is brilliant!

Mr Shaunak's Little Bites of Science

Fact: A 10-year old girl discovered a new molecule in her chemistry lesson.

Anyone who did chemistry at school will remember those ball-and-stick molecule toys that teachers used to try and get everyone enthusiastic about covalent bonding. But 10 year old Clara Lazen decided she knew more than her teacher.

Clara managed to arrange black, red and green balls (representing carbon, oxygen and nitrogen) into a complicated arrangement that looks like the result of a bet on who could make the most excessive molecule before someone got shouted at. And yet, when she asked her teacher if it was real, he wasn’t sure.

Turned out she had discovered tetranitratoxycarbon – a molecule that doesn’t exist in nature, but could theoretically be made in a lab. Cue the youngest author of a paper in Computation and Theoretical Chemistry and everlasting jokes about being the teacher’s pet. While the molecule hasn’t actually been made…

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Memory and Proteins

Throughout the course of this post, the role of protein synthesis in the conversion of short term memory to long term memory will be explained. The post will cover a variety of proteins and their relevance to specific brain structures, and provide insight to the main topic of discussion: the mechanism involved in the development long term memory i.e. synaptic plasticity, with particular regards to long term potentiation.