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Labster Recommends: The 18 most inspiring and life-changing movies we have seen

Being a student is all about learning. But learning comes in many shapes and sizes, and some things we just can’t learn from a textbook. Often we need to learn from experience. Whether it’s the experiences we have from living life, travelling the world, meeting new people, or perhaps we’re able to learn from other …

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Meet the axolotl

Axolotls are not only cute and fun to look at, they’re also a vital part of developmental, regeneration and evolutionary research. But after being driven to near extinction from their natural habitat, Mexico City, these creatures are now found more in labs than anywhere else. Recently, researchers gained access to the full genome sequence of …

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CAR T-cell therapy: Teaching an old immune system new tricks to fight cancer

For many years, the main types of cancer treatment have been surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But now, with the emergence of new types of cancer therapies, that may be about to change. CAR T-cell therapy, a type of immunotherapy that can be used to treat cancer by strengthening the patient’s immune system so that it …

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Why gamification in the classroom is such a good idea (and what Labster is doing about it)

The stats aren’t good. Science just isn’t interesting enough. Or actually, it’s not science that’s boring, it’s science classes. About 80% of students say that they like science and find it interesting. However, less than half of those students say that they enjoy the science classes that are offered at their schools.   Unfortunately for …

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Two Big Ways STEM Students Can Take Their Education into Their Own Hands

For STEM students who are frustrated with the old school textbook and test curricula at their schools, there are increasingly more new and engaging tools thanks to the advances in technology. In addition, there are good habits you can develop as a student to ensure that you are continuously in a curious, learning mindset regardless of what is …

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Engineering Organ Regeneration and Stem Cells

The second part of our series on programming cells. What if, as a baby, your intestines didn’t work? While normally a life-threatening condition, scientists hope that in the future, bioengineering could save you. Of Mice and Men: Tissue Engineering Tissue engineering has already achieved wonders, but scientists in bioengineering and biotechnology have their sights set …

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Is parasitic mind control only for sci-fi films? Nope – it’s biology!

If the film The Happening and its mind-controlling neurotoxin terrified you, you definitely wouldn’t want to be a Danish shore crab or a jungle insect. In the jungle, ants and other insects can become infected by a parasitic fungus that possesses their mind, disorients them and makes them climb to a high place so that …

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