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How Dopamine works in favor of our Reward System

Let’s talk about dopamine, this little chemical that lives in us and makes us happy. It’s one of our so-called ‘feel good’ chemicals. It’s a really tiny neurotransmitter that jumps between our nerve cells and activates them.   Dopamine is synthesized in the brain. Consuming it as food is irrelevant since it can’t cross the blood-brain barrier. […]

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Introducing 10 famous female scientists – the finally final four!

Did I really forget my last four famous female scientists? I thought I had introduced them to you already. But I am afraid with my sudden ICU and hospital journey I must have missed and twisted something! But finally, here they are! My last but – of course – not least four precious ladies.   […]

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Do you live with Celsius or Fahrenheit?

When I lived in the USA I spent my laboratory days in the Celsius-world.   Once I left the laboratory I found myself in the world of Fahrenheit.   The Celsius world was accompanied by his friends called cm, km and kg while Fahrenheit’s friends were inch, miles and pounds.   The laboratory had to […]

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Which Nobel Prize would you prefer?

When I was at University studying biology I loved to ask my fellow students following question: “Would you prefer to be awarded with a Nobel Prize in one of the Science fields or with the Nobel Peace Prize?” Most of them answered that they would prefer a Nobel Prize in Science. After all, they were […]

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Do you know why you can’t boil an egg on Mount Everest?

Imagine you climbed the Mount Everest! You have achieved something unbelievable and wonderful, you are unspeakably proud of yourself and you are absolutely excited and happy. But you will not be able to have one thing: a freshly hard boiled egg!  Mount Everest   After you have done the unthinkable you believe anything is possible, […]

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Space Kepler and the mission to relocate humanity

  There is a big fear in us human beings that one day we will not be able to live on our earth anymore! And there are three possible reasons why: The sun will implode and we won’t be anymore. We have lost the moon. We destroyed our earth ourselves. Number 1 might happen in […]

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Suffering pain and a thankful perspective about a tumor

Brain tumors are scary! A diagnosis of a brain tumor will always shock you, no matter if the tumor can be removed or not. It’s life-changing for everyone involved and often family members start initiatives or choose a work field to face this experience. The patient’s perspective Several years ago, my mom was diagnosed with […]

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What the Higgs! Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 for the Higgs particle.

by Ilka Emig “It’s very nice to be right sometimes” Peter Higgs Imagine you think of a crazy theory and write a paper about it, and 48 years later some scientists do an experiment and say ‘You were right with your crazy theory’. And one year later they give you the Nobel Prize for it. […]

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