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Smart Phone, Smart Car…Smart Skin?
Bioengineering

Smart Phone, Smart Car…Smart Skin?

By Erik Schiferle Editor: Sophie Park Parkinson’s disease is classified as a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that results from the deterioration of cells that produce dopamine within the Substantia Nigra–a region within the middle of the brain that is associated with pleasure, addiction, and movement. Symptoms seen within early stages of the disease … Continue reading

Neuroscience’s Take on the Supernatural: Are Near Death Experiences Real?
Aditya Nair / Biology / blood / brains / Neurons / Neuroscience / Popular / Science

Neuroscience’s Take on the Supernatural: Are Near Death Experiences Real?

By: Aditya Nair It’s a tale that seems as old as history. Those among us who have come very close to dying report extraordinarily vivid visions involving some combination of seeing the dead, passing through a tunnel, feeling dissociated from the body, and extreme emotional states among many other phenomena collectively referred to as near … Continue reading

Yogurt and Your Brain: New Evidence Suggests a Link Between Probiotics and Mental Health
Biology / brains / Science / Tiago Palmisano

Yogurt and Your Brain: New Evidence Suggests a Link Between Probiotics and Mental Health

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited by: Bryce Harlan It’s well known in the medical community that gut-bacteria produce beneficial effects. Commercials about probiotics – bacteria and yeast that provide benefits for human health– have become as prolific as prescription drug advertisements, and yogurts laced with specific strains of bacteria are now a fitness craze. Though generally … Continue reading

How Love Works: Part 2 – Neurotransmitters and Genetic Factors
Aditya Nair / Biochemistry / Biology / brains / gene / Genetics / Neuroscience / Science / This is Your Brain

How Love Works: Part 2 – Neurotransmitters and Genetic Factors

By: Aditya Nair Edited by: Bryce Harlan Now that we’ve gone over some of the reasons why the development of love may have been an evolutionary advantage, let’s move on to the nitty-gritty aspects of love. What do we know about what actually happens in the brain when we fall in love? We turn to … Continue reading

Escaping the Vortex: Genetic Rescue as Means of Conservation
Alexandria DeCandia / Genetics

Escaping the Vortex: Genetic Rescue as Means of Conservation

By Alexandra DeCandia Humans have a talent for disrupting natural processes. Through the overharvest of species and inundation of landscapes with highways and suburbs, we’ve continuously rendered wild populations small and fragmented. Compared to larger, outbred populations, these communities exhibit higher rates of inbreeding. If their circumstances do not improve, inbreeding depression, or reduced reproductive … Continue reading

What are the Biological Consequences of Staying Up All Night?
Neuroscience / Tiago Palmisano

What are the Biological Consequences of Staying Up All Night?

Author: Tiago Palmisano Editor: Aishwarya Raja “Sleep is a waste of time.” It’s an opinion that, as a college student, I’ve been forced to occasionally consider when it’s midnight and a looming pile of work clashes with the possibility of a good night’s rest. And unfortunately, sleep deprivation is not limited to the overloaded college … Continue reading

Fabricating Nature: The Looming Revolution of 3-D Printed Body Parts
Science / Science Fiction / Yesterday's Future Today

Fabricating Nature: The Looming Revolution of 3-D Printed Body Parts

By: Tiago Palmisano Integration of biological material with the technology of 3-D printing is beginning to redefine the limits of medical treatments and patient care, and will eventually change the ways that doctors treat patients. The last two decades have seen an explosive rise in the applications of 3-D printing–the process of making a three-dimensional … Continue reading