Bad Romance: Slow Lorises and the Wildlife Trade
Alexandra DeCandia / Biology

Bad Romance: Slow Lorises and the Wildlife Trade

By Alexandra DeCandia On February 17th, “little monsters” were in uproar: a poisonous primate had the audacity to bite Lady Gaga. A fuzzy prop in her latest music video, the offending slow loris nipped the star’s finger and was immediately returned to its box and carried away “in disgrace,” its role stricken from the video. … Continue reading

Radical New Life-Saving Technique Borrowed From Science Fiction
Aditya Nair / Science Fiction

Radical New Life-Saving Technique Borrowed From Science Fiction

By Aditya Nair Modern medicine may be headed into the future. A revolutionary new technique is being tested at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital to improve the outcomes of victims of massive blood loss by, almost ironically, bringing the patient as close to the brink of death as is safely possible. By … Continue reading

Advances in Predicting Dementia
Alexander Bernstein / Alzheimer's Disease / Neuroscience

Advances in Predicting Dementia

By: Alexander Bernstein Defined by the Alzheimer’s Association as “decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life,” dementia is a crippling condition that affects more than 35 million people worldwide. One of the most common causes of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease has been, up until very recently, quite difficult to diagnose, typically requiring … Continue reading

A Quantum Explanation for Consciousness?
Neuroscience / physics / Quantum Mechanics / stream of consciousness

A Quantum Explanation for Consciousness?

By: Aditya Nair One of the most baffling problems in science is that of consciousness. How exactly does our brain create consciousness? What brain mechanisms allow for the development of thoughts? Is consciousness a physical phenomenon? Probing the boundaries of our very existence itself, scientists have been pushing at this question for hundreds of years, … Continue reading

Rethinking Prions – From Mad Cow Culprits to Integral Memory Keepers
Biochemistry / Biology

Rethinking Prions – From Mad Cow Culprits to Integral Memory Keepers

By: Alexander Bernstein Especially following the recent mid 2000′s outbreak of Mad Cow Disease in Britain that saw nearly 200 thousand cattle and more than a hundred people infected, prions, the proteins associated with this disease, have a primarily served a boogeyman role in the media. Yet, as per a recent article published in Public Library … Continue reading

Inter-Kingdom Communication: Bacterial Interaction with Colon Epithelial Cells
Biochemistry / Ian MacArthur

Inter-Kingdom Communication: Bacterial Interaction with Colon Epithelial Cells

By: Ian MacArthur Communication between members of different species belonging to the same biological class is complicated, as anyone who has ever attempted to talk to a household cat or dog could relate. It would seem, then, that communication between species belonging to different biological kingdoms, the second broadest classifiable category of species, would be … Continue reading

Strange Sex:  Reproduction in Taxonomy’s Frankenstein
Biology

Strange Sex: Reproduction in Taxonomy’s Frankenstein

By Alexandra DeCandia The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a zoological enigma. One of three extant species in the basal order Monotremata, it exists as an amalgamation of interclass characteristics that engender “Frankenstein’s monster” in taxonomic classification. Particularly in reproductive biology, platypodes blend the structures of mammals, reptiles, and birds to make for some of the … Continue reading

Problem Solved: Successful replication of genetic material in a synthetic cell
Biology

Problem Solved: Successful replication of genetic material in a synthetic cell

By Ian MacArthur In biological sciences, researchers strive to understand life through observation. Attempts to artificially create life, however, can help further our mission to understand it. A team of scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have overcome a major barrier in the replication of genetic material inside simple, artificial cell membranes—a feat that provides researchers … Continue reading

Antibiotic Resistance Breaking Drug in Development: A future solution or a future folly?
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Antibiotic Resistance Breaking Drug in Development: A future solution or a future folly?

By Ian MacArthur Antibiotic resistance in bacteria poses a major problem to modern public health. Infections that were once routinely treated with antibiotics have become extremely problematic to effectively kill, making even simple surgical operations dangerous from the perspective of contracting a resistant infection. Resistant strains of bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, have sprung … Continue reading