Inundated by Trash: Marine Mammals and Debris
Biology / Causes for Concern / Conservation / Marine Life

Inundated by Trash: Marine Mammals and Debris

By Allie DeCandia Edited by Arianna Winchester  Humans have a love affair with plastic. Lightweight, versatile, durable, and inexpensive synthetic polymers have flooded the global market since 1950. Yet the qualities that earn success in the marketplace also severely endanger the natural environment. Winds, rivers, and currents ferry lightweight refuse ocean-bound, and cooler temperatures and … Continue reading

First New Antibiotic Discovered in Decades
Biology / antibiotics / Ian Cohn

First New Antibiotic Discovered in Decades

By Ian Cohn Edited by Josephine McGowan Scientists have long warned of the impending “age of antibiotic resistance.” As doctors use antibiotics more frequently and liberally, the potential for bacteria to develop drug-resistant mutations and transform into “super-bugs” becomes ever higher. At its worst, this means that eventually, we will stand powerless to these drug-resistant … Continue reading

Biological Circuitry – A Biomedical Frontier
Biology / Ian MacArthur

Biological Circuitry – A Biomedical Frontier

Author: Ian MacArthur Editor: Josephine McGowan Electronic circuits are the backbone of modern civilization. The logical processes they perform underlie the function of all computational devices, ranging in complexity from the simplest calculators up to the most advanced supercomputers. However, the execution of logical tasks need not be confined to inorganic circuitry. Extensive research has … 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

Birth Rate and Infectious Disease: The Imperative of Childhood Vaccination
antibiotics / Biology / Causes for Concern / Ian MacArthur / infectious / Infectious Diseases / virus

Birth Rate and Infectious Disease: The Imperative of Childhood Vaccination

By: Ian MacArthur The problem of infectious disease has essentially been solved in First World countries. While the citizens of developed nations may suffer outbreaks of influenza from year to year, epidemics of measles, polio, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases no longer pose a major threat to these populations thanks to the development of vaccines … Continue reading

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