Why face masks can make eyes feel dry, and what you can do about it

Lyndon Jones, University of Waterloo Face masks help reduce coronavirus transmission, which has prompted mandates and expert recommendations for their use where social distancing is difficult. As the world emerges from shutdowns, wearing face masks for extended periods of time in settings such as offices will increase. While these protective measures are essential to combating …

What Groundhog Day (and my time in a monastery) taught me about lockdown

Dawn LaValle Norman, Australian Catholic University Phil: What would you do if you were stuck in one place, and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered? Stage 4 lockdown is upon Melbourne for the next six weeks. How do we cope with the new normal of staying in our houses …

Experience is overrated: amazing liberating grace

Grace is the experience of being delivered from experience. Martin Luther Martin Luther’s doctrinal affirmation of salvation by faith through God’s grace comprised the bedrock of Protestantism to this day. The above lesser known quote attributed to Martin Luther offers us food for thought about grace on a more personal day-to-day level. Why does experience—our …

Alzheimer’s disease: protective gene uncovered in human cell model – bringing promise for new drug discoveries

Dean Nizetic, Queen Mary University of London Every three seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. While researchers have identified a number of risk factors that are linked to dementia – including genetics, smoking, and high blood pressure – there is currently still no cure. Part …