Issue 17: Heart
One of the most important organs in the human body is surely the heart. But it's much more than just an organ — it's also a symbol and metaphor for our emotions, hopes and desires. So what better way to round off the year?
This month, we're filling your chest with transplants, artificial organs, emojis, rare syndromes, science outreach and a whole lot more. You'd better bloody well get stuck into it, before everyone else beats you to it.
Cover illustration by Arpita Choudhury.
Public engagement with science is now more important than ever. Is it time for scientists to step outside their comfort zones?
With detours through war zones, animal surgeries and ethical questions, the road to safe heart transplants has been anything but smooth.
Young, fit and healthy, Fay Bahemia had no reason to fear heart disease, but an irregular blip in her heart activity signalled major trouble ahead.
With heart disease on the rise and a chronic shortage of donor organs for transplant, can technology come to the rescue to build an artificial replacement heart?
The love heart is one of the most universally recognised symbols. While often used today, its origins are ancient and embedded in science and culture.
Some of our most valuable treasures are frozen in vaults around the world, waiting for a time when they may be needed.
Over thousands of years, we have carefully cultivated dogs from wolf packs to coddled pets. Has our obsession taken some breeds too far?
At The Big Anxiety Project, art, science and creativity intertwined to calm even the most anxious of hearts.
He was a menace in the lab, but Oliver Sacks’ clinical compassion and insightful way with words inspires Clare Watson to keep an open mind while finding her own niche.
Every year, Port Jackson sharks find their way home after a mammoth post-winter migration. Sherrie Chambers is piecing together how they do it.