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Free online tool could help women decide on breast reconstruction - News

Jean Balchin Apr 05, 2018

A new study published in Psycho-Oncology has revealed that a free web-based decision aid that helps women with breast cancer make decisions regarding reconstruction surgery after mastectomy is likely cost-effective. BRECONDA (Breast Reconstruction Decision Aid) is a tool that helps people make decisions about breast reconstruction surgery. It was developed in collaboration with an international team of breast surgeons, oncologists, … Read More

Five things to consider before ordering an online DNA test - News

Guest Work Apr 05, 2018

Jane Tiller, Monash University and Paul Lacaze, Monash University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. You might be intrigued by what your genes could tell you about your ancestry or the health risks hidden in your DNA. If so, you’re not alone. Fascination with personal genetics … Read More

Why bodycam footage might not clear things up … - Guest Work

Guest Work Apr 05, 2018

Deryn Strange, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Kristyn Jones, John Jay College of Criminal Justice This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Stephon Clark, an African-American man, was killed by Sacramento police in his grandmother’s backyard last month, setting off protests and conflict over the police’s … Read More

The SMC Video Competition: The Hihi Sperm Race - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Apr 04, 2018

Last week, the results of the Science Media Centre Video Competition was judged. It was an incredible competition, open to previous participants of the SMC’s science video workshops. There were eight entries, and the judges were incredibly impressed with the creativity and quality of the entries. I was fortunate enough to watch all eight entries and chat to a number … Read More

We spent nine years tracking South Africa’s white sharks. What we learnt - Guest Work

Guest Work Apr 03, 2018

Alison Kock, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. How big is South Africa’s white shark population? Nobody really knows: estimates range from 500 to more than 1200. This is an important question because the species is under enormous pressure. South Africa’s sharks … Read More

With China’s space station about to crash land, who’s responsible if you get hit by space junk? - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 29, 2018

Melissa de Zwart, University of Adelaide This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The defunct Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is falling back to Earth and about to crash land some time over the next few days. Most experts expect much of it to burn up as it enters the atmosphere, … Read More

Psychographics: the behavioural analysis that helped Cambridge Analytica know voters’ minds - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 29, 2018

Michael Wade, IMD Business School This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The dealings that have been revealed between Cambridge Analytica and Facebook have all the trappings of a Hollywood thriller: a Bond villain-style CEO, a reclusive billionaire, a naïve and conflicted whistle-blower, a hipster data scientist turned politico, an academic … Read More

Gene therapies are proving their worth, but with million dollar price tags, it’s not clear who should pay for them - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 28, 2018

Sterghios Moschos, Northumbria University, Newcastle If you were born with a rare form of blindness, there is now a treatment for you that may restore your eyesight. That’s because gene therapies became a clinical reality in 2017. Yet many people with rare diseases that could be treated in this way may never benefit from these therapies because they … Read More

Your online privacy depends as much on your friends’ data habits as your own - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 28, 2018

Vincent Mitchell, University of Sydney; Andrew Stephen, University of Oxford, and Bernadette Kamleitner, Vienna University of Economics and Business This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. In the aftermath of revelations about the alleged misuse of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica, many social media users are … Read More

Future ‘ocean cities’ need green engineering above and below the waterline - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 27, 2018

Katherine Dafforn, UNSW; Ana Bugnot, UNSW; Eliza Heery, National University of Singapore, and Mariana Mayer-Pinto, UNSW This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Population growth has seen skylines creep ever higher and entire cities rise from ocean depths. The latest “ocean city” is the Chinese-developed … Read More