Yesterday’s Future Today: L’avenir est Maintenant
Science Fiction

Yesterday’s Future Today: L’avenir est Maintenant

Science fiction is a curious genre. Each and every written work has a certain level of time dependence with regards to its relevance; the biting social commentaries and polemics of one age become the quaint, historical oddities of the next, the groundbreaking scientific paper steadily fossilizes into the bedrock of canonical knowledge, and even the … Continue reading

Public Health

Call It What You Will, But Human Trafficking IS a Public Health Issue

This post comes from the Cancer InCytes Magazine Blog, a forum for news and views on public health and social justice. You can find the original post by Katherine Welch, M.D. here. By Katherine Welch, M.D. “The business of public health is to take what is accepted and make it unacceptable.” – Bill Foege, former director of … Continue reading

Monet on the Brain
Biology / Neuroscience

Monet on the Brain

By Emma Meyers Lately, I’ve been making my way through Columbia alum Jonah Lehrer’s science-meets-art book Proust Was a Neuroscientist. In it, Lehrer lauds the many artists, writers, and composers who, through their art, tapped into the human brain in ways modern neuroscientists are only recently discovering. Despite whatever controversy now surrounds Lehrer’s name, the … Continue reading

The Power of Peptides: Tat-beclin 1
Biology / Infectious Diseases

The Power of Peptides: Tat-beclin 1

By Ian MacArthur A new synthetic peptide may hold the key to curing some of mankind’s most tenacious illnesses. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center led by Dr. Beth Levine recently synthesized Tat-beclin 1, a molecule that shows promise as a means of developing treatments against cancer, infectious disease, and degenerative neurological … Continue reading