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U.S. Safe From Tropical Diseases No More: Understanding the recent dengue fever outbreak in Florida
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U.S. Safe From Tropical Diseases No More: Understanding the recent dengue fever outbreak in Florida

By Alexander Bernstein A great biological benefit of a nation located in a temperate climate, as is the case with the majority of the United States, is that tropical diseases such as typhoid fever and malaria are typically non-issues. Yet, a recent dengue fever outbreak in Florida seems to indicate that perhaps the changing climate, … Continue reading

The Rise of Quantum Computing
Computer Science / Engineering

The Rise of Quantum Computing

By Kellie Lu After Edward Snowden’s grand alert about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) secret data mining program PRISM, Americans (and the entire world) have woken up to issues of privacy and cyber security. Quantum computing, a better form of cyber security, is evolving as the next standard for semiconductor-based computing (right now, we use silicon … Continue reading

Staying Alive: Bizarre Anti-Predator Adaptations in the Animal Kingdom
Biology

Staying Alive: Bizarre Anti-Predator Adaptations in the Animal Kingdom

By Alexandra DeCandia You can tell by the way she uses her walk that there’s something wrong. Tail outstretched and wings akimbo, the killdeer (Charadrius vociferous) cries aloud, limping along the rocky shore as if unable to fly. She appears injured, pained, and consequently, an easy target for any predators in the vicinity. Walk, squawk, … Continue reading

Stranger than Fiction: Zombies in the Natural World
Biology

Stranger than Fiction: Zombies in the Natural World

By Aditya Nair You don’t need to be a board-certified physician to diagnose the nation with zombie fever. The Walking Dead. Left for Dead. Dead Set. Shaun of the Dead. Zombieland. Countless zombie Halloween outfits. There’s no denying it: our nation is obsessed with zombies. The concept of the possessed, brainless, half-living deformed creatures roaming the … Continue reading

Carbon Nanotube Sensors: The Rumblings of Technological Revolution
Biology

Carbon Nanotube Sensors: The Rumblings of Technological Revolution

By Ian MacArthur Revolutions in one field of science often revolutionize other scientific fields. Breakthroughs in nuclear physics in the 1940’s later allowed organic chemistry to thrive with improved chemical detection methods and gave rise to biological imaging technologies. Recent developments in nanotechnology are now set to drastically enhance our understanding of biology and medicine. … Continue reading

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