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Catching Schizophrenia
behavior / medicine / Neuroscience / parasites

Catching Schizophrenia

By: Ian Cohn Edited by: Bryce Harlan To many, the idea of mind control seems like science fiction. The small parasite Toxoplasma gondii, however, known to alter behavior in rats, may possess the ability to change behavior in humans as well, giving it mind-altering capabilities usually reserved for super-advanced futuristic humans. T. gondii is a … Continue reading

The Dawn of a New Epidemic: Ebola and Global Disparities In Healthcare
Public Health / Tiago Palmisano

The Dawn of a New Epidemic: Ebola and Global Disparities In Healthcare

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Aishwarya Raja The second-most popular topic on Facebook in 2014, according to the company’s “Year in Review”, was the Ebola epidemic. I remember hearing first-hand the loud arguments about Ebola and seeing the grim pictures of this disease flood onto television screens. I remember being constantly updated on the potential danger … Continue reading

The Lady Macbeth Effect: Can Guilt Really Be Washed Away?
Kimberly Shen / Psychology

The Lady Macbeth Effect: Can Guilt Really Be Washed Away?

By: Kimberly Shen Editor: Bryce Harlan “Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” These were the words Lady Macbeth uttered as she tried to wash away imagined bloodstains. Famous for the pangs of conscience she experiences after acting as an accomplice in King Duncan’s murder, Lady Macbeth draws attention to the perceived connection between physical cleansing … Continue reading

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
antibiotics / Biology / 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

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