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White-Nose Syndrome Proves Resilient as Little Brown Bats Face Further Declines
Environmental

White-Nose Syndrome Proves Resilient as Little Brown Bats Face Further Declines

By Alexandra DeCandia The situation may be worse than we anticipated for the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus). In a harrowing new study published by University of Illinois researchers earlier this week, it appears that the fungus Pseudogymnoascus (Geomyces) destructans (the cause of White-Nose Syndrome or WNS in bats) is even more resilient than previously … Continue reading

S.O.S. (Save Our Scientists)
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S.O.S. (Save Our Scientists)

By Aditya Nair The United States Government is currently $11.6 trillion in debt. That’s $36,653 per citizen, and represents more than a fifth of the debt held by every government in the entire world combined. Congress and the President constantly struggle to agree to even approve enough funding to prevent default or maintain government operations. This is a crisis, … Continue reading

Computational Chemists Awarded the Nobel Prize By the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
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Computational Chemists Awarded the Nobel Prize By the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

By Erik Schiferle With the developments of Electron Microscopy, X-ray Crystallography, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, scientists are beginning to determine the sequence and structures of molecules, cells, and proteins. For example, in recent decades, scientists have determined the sequence of scaffolding proteins as well as the sequence and structure of RNA and DNA. The … Continue reading

Suppressing Satisfaction: GLP-1′s Potential in the Treatment of Addiction
Biology

Suppressing Satisfaction: GLP-1′s Potential in the Treatment of Addiction

By Ian MacArthur Consuming a meal when hungry is often accompanied by a profound sense of satisfaction. This state of feeling full and satisfied is induced by the release of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), a hormone that binds to receptors when a particular craving is quenched. Now, researchers believe that GLP-1 and other compounds that mimic its … Continue reading

“World’s Happiest Animal” Faces Extinction: A Story of Climate Change and Quokkas
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“World’s Happiest Animal” Faces Extinction: A Story of Climate Change and Quokkas

By Alexandra DeCandia With an ever-increasing frequency, one pudgy little macropod marsupial is making headlines. Proclaimed the “Happiest Animal in the World” by Huffington Post some ten months ago, the quokka has since bundled into millions of hearts with its teddy-bear frame, cheeky grin, and characteristically social nature. Despite its near constant appearance on internet forums … Continue reading

Syria: A Chemical Catastrophe in Progress
Biology

Syria: A Chemical Catastrophe in Progress

By Kellie Lu With Syria’s not-so-clandestine arsenal of chemical weapons debated over the table of the UN Security Council, chemical weapons, particularly nerve gases, have once again been thrust into the global attention. The power of these macroscopically undetectable molecules is not to be underestimated; within seconds, a mere milligram dose of sarin can kill … Continue reading

Solar Powered Proteins: Providers of Advanced Filtration
Biology

Solar Powered Proteins: Providers of Advanced Filtration

By Alex Bernstein Solar energy is often thought of as a means of powering large machines and structures. Solar panels on homes, schools, and factories are able to capture enough sunlight to provide for the energetic costs of these buildings in an efficient and environmentally sustainable way. Now, scientists are beginning to use solar energy … Continue reading

Team of Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital Makes Leaps and Bounds in Field of Organ Growing
Biology

Team of Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital Makes Leaps and Bounds in Field of Organ Growing

By Alex Bernstein In the United States alone, there are currently over 100,000 people waiting in line for a donor kidney. While dialysis machines can perform the essential functions that those with advanced kidney diseases so desperately need, only a new donated kidney can prove to be a permanent solution. Sadly, with the dearth of … Continue reading

The Future of Virtual Reality: A Roadmap to Losing Yourself
Science Fiction

The Future of Virtual Reality: A Roadmap to Losing Yourself

“Yesterday’s Future Today” - a biweekly column exploring the various predictions of classic science fiction and how they’ve stood the test of time. Earlier this year, Lucasfilm announced its decision to scrap the slated 2013 release dates for the 3D conversions of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. As … Continue reading