An interview with a multiple sclerosis warrior.

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Diagnosing an autoimmune disease is a challenge. It could take months and multiple appointments with different medical specialists before the doctors can arrive at the conclusion. But an even bigger challenge is living with the disease, day by day, constantly engaged in a battle with your condition.

For Amanda Windhof, PhD, it took almost a year to discover the reason for her strange symptoms — an impaired vision in one eye, which she only noticed during her workouts. It turned out that the symptoms were not so strange after all. …


Costly subscriptions, the overwhelming amount of science journals and the pain of getting that one research article you have no access to because the German institutions are boycotting Elsevier. Sounds familiar?

“Most scientific work in the life sciences is still disseminated using a process inaugurated by the Royal Society in the 17th century, with the notable addition of peer review in the middle of the 20th century,” — Dr. Bodo Stern and Prof. Erin O’Shea

I find it quite remarkable that in our digitalised, mobile-first, progressive world getting hold of the original scientific research remains excruciatingly difficult for the scientists…


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X = science, consulting and almost every other intellectual profession.

The most difficult point for every fresh graduate or someone trying to switch careers is to verbalise their transferable skills. You may have spent years studying for your degree or taken multiple online courses, yet when it comes to filling out jobs applications you feel like you have nothing to offer.

Having been part of several different worlds, I came to slowly realise how heavily interconnected all “information-rich, intellectual” fields really are.

I started off studying biology, completed a PhD in Biochemistry and moved on to join a science media…


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Some tips on structuring ideas for budding science writers.

If you are a student or researcher contemplating a writing career, starting your own blog or just writing something that people outside your lab could read, chances are that you fall into one (or both) of the following categories:

You are unhappy with the current mainstream media approach to science reporting. You may have read a dozen articles on some latest “celebrity” issue such as CRISPR babies and wondered — where have all the other science news have gone? Surely, with millions of researchers in the world publishing thousands of papers…


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Orphan Black. A Netflix Original and one of the best TV shows I have watched so far (I am, of course, biased).

The two things that sold the show for me was the brilliant, Olympic level acting (as the Guardian puts it) by Tatiana Maslany and the quality of science in the story. When I began watching the show, all I knew was that it is some kind of science fiction and that it is about human cloning. “Well,” I thought, remembering my past experiences in the lab, “it’s probably another story about zombies invading the planet. …


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It is often assumed (although rarely checked) that once you’re out of academia, there is no way back. You are expected to feel “free and unrestrained”, in touch once again with the real world.

I’d like to offer a different perspective on the topic, from the point of view of someone who has moved from academia to the business world and decided to return. To describe the many reasons behind my decision I would need to write a whole separate piece. Here I would like to simply share a couple of observations upon my return.

The first thing that struck…

Kristina Popova

Science writer, educator, communications consultant. Former researcher. I also teach Journalism and Science Communications workshops for young scientists

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