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A hand with red nail polish points to the map on the wooden table. The map shows a small island titled "Snake Island" on the top left. Underneath the title "Atlantic Ocean" is written in cursive. Two boats are illustrated around the island and a compass is on the top right of the map. A yellow snake lies around the map.

The Host of the Island: Golden Lancehead of Ilha da Queimada Grande

As we scroll social media, we come across interesting “facts”. Some are true, some are not, and some of them exploit the fact that we don’t know much about a topic or a place. Today, we’ll be introduced to an island that is quite mysterious: Ilha da Queimada Grande, in other words Snake Island.

A side view of a woman wearing a yellow dress lies down on a field of plants and flowers suspended in a calming pink cloud world. She holds a plant pot to her stomach, while the plant's white flower glows, looming above her.

Your Plant Babies Can Help You Win Against Stress

Do you enjoy taking care of plants? Then, here is some good news for you!

Your plant babies can aid you in various ways. Maybe you already know of plants that release relaxing aromas or a health-boosting spice that when consumed helps recover your body. But, even if your plants have neither of these characteristics, don’t worry. Here, we will explore how any indoor plant can have various benefits to your mental health.

A person enjoying a chocolate bar and experiencing the feeling of love. Text written: "Love by chocolate - lust, attraction, or attachment?"

Love by Chocolate: Is it lust, attraction, or attachment?

Chocolate has always been an essential element of love. We can see the central presence of chocolate in traditions as well. In Turkish culture, when two people are getting engaged, it’s customary to buy chocolate on a silver tray alongside a bouquet of flowers. In the past, chocolate was used as a love potion by high-class women in the New Spain.1 Hence, it is apparent that there is a clear connection between chocolate and display of affection in the society that sustains across time and cultures. In this article, we will share with you three important subcategories of love and how it connects to chocolate.

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Do People with Red Hair Require More Anaesthesia?

Most of us have become well acquainted with the term “anaesthetics”- whether it’s from personal experience, anecdotes from friends, or portrayal on TV. Even though its use has become commonplace, there are many mysteries surrounding anaesthesia waiting to be explored.

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Are Mutants Just Science Fiction?

I’ve got news for you: you are a mutant! Yes, you read that correctly! Every human being is technically a mutant due to the naturally occurring mutations in our genes. And, we have been using this natural process as a spark for our creativity through science fiction. Science fiction is a genre of media in which science is used to enhance the products of our imagination. But sometimes, these ideas can seem more like fiction than science. For instance, the superpowers we see in literary universes can look utterly implausible.

Four colourful cartoon people stand in a line, each with an opening inside their chest displaying a set of chromosomes. The second person in line has an additional set of chromosomes and patches of a different colour on their body, representing chimerism.

Can we trust DNA? — Lydia Fairchild’s story

DNA is a unique biological molecule often referred to as the building block of life. In today’s society, identification of organisms or their relationships depends on DNA: For instance, determining someone’s identity from forensic evidence or conducting blood relation tests relies on an individual’s unique DNA sequence. This connection can be seen in our lives in situations like court cases and even as common as television shows! We trust the certainty of DNA to guide us in times of uncertainty.