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Encoded Maladies: A Survey of Disorders that Arise in Our Genes

A look into the complex world of genetic disorders, their histories, and how we treat them. Adrenoleukodystrophy By Ian MacArthur Insulation plays a crucial role in our daily lives. It keeps our homes warm in winter, prevents our coffee from rapidly cooling, and protects our bodies from the cold. Yet another sort of insulation plays … Continue reading

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This is Your Brain….

A look inside your mind. …Doing Math By Emma Meyers To everyone that hates math (read: humanities majors): remember how awful the anticipation of a math text was? The flip-flopping of your stomach, the dry lump in your throat, the almost ritualistic under-your-breath repetitions of formulas as you took your seat and watched the papers … Continue reading

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Encoded Maladies: A Survey of the Disorders that Arise in our Genes

A look into the complex world of genetic disorders, their histories, and how we treat them. Wilson’s Disease By Ian MacArthur Each day, the human body’s wondrous capacity for regulation enables us to carry out our necessary tasks in the midst of an ever changing environment.  Our ability to endure climates both scorching and frigid … Continue reading

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Causes for Concern: Emerging Epidemics

A chronicle of dangerous infectious outbreaks around the globe. An Epidemic to Avoid: The rise of Ebola in 2012 By Alexander Bernstein Electron micrograph of ebola virions (via Wikimedia Commons) If there is one disease that you don’t want to get, it is Ebola. Know in the scientific community as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (also Ebola virus … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Future Today

A column detailing both the surprising prescience and laughable misses of science fiction throughout history. “Watts” Coming By Nate Posey According to the International Energy Statistics database, the world consumed a whopping 505 quadrillionBtu’s of energy in 2008, and global demand is still climbing swiftly. While policy experts have proposed numerous solutions to the impending … Continue reading

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This is Your Brain…

A look inside your mind. …In the Mirror By Emma Meyers There is a magical mirror on the third floor of Schermerhorn. It stands alone, full length, against the wall in the ladies’ room, reflecting back images that are more beautiful than real life. I swear, this mirror has the uncanny ability to make your … Continue reading