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Industrialization Leads to Evolutionary Changes

Industrialization Leads to Evolutionary Changes

Developing infrastructure, skyscrapers, and commerce – these are all products of industrialization that mostly occur in cities. People living the urban lifestyle adapt to these changes of industrialization. However, humans are not the only ones adapting to them. Organisms of all kinds are adapting as well – genetically, that is. So what impact does this… Read more

Teen Scientist Develops Potential Treatment for Brain Injury

Teen Scientist Develops Potential Treatment for Brain Injury

The Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) is often called the Junior Nobel Prize. Founded in 1942, it is the nation’s most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. This year, 1,749 students competed for a spot among the 300 Regeneron STS Scholars – out of which only 40 finalists were chosen. These top… Read more

Phenomenon El Niño Causes Catastrophe in Peru

Phenomenon El Niño Causes Catastrophe in Peru

Weather conditions in Peru have been incredibly disastrous for the past 5 weeks. Mudslides, abnormally heavy rains, and floods have left over 150,000 people without a home—or missing—and 100 people dead. These mudslides are sweeping away everything that gets in their way, including roads, bridges, and houses, looking much like an apocalyptic scene. But what is causing these abnormal… Read more

The “Out-of-Africa” Theory vs the Multiregional Theory- The Origin of Mankind

The “Out-of-Africa” Theory vs the Multiregional Theory- The Origin of Mankind

Despite the Earth’s existence for over 4.6 billion years, many debates still cover its being, especially concerning the Earth itself as well as its inhabitants. One of today’s most prominent debates has to do with the origin of the modern species of humans, Homo sapiens. In 1974, our earliest ancestor Lucy, a woman of the… Read more

Argon Isotopes Provide Better Understanding of Martian Atmosphere

Argon Isotopes Provide Better Understanding of Martian Atmosphere

Data gathered from Mars’ surface suggests that solar wind has been stripping away the planet’s atmosphere, transforming the once warm, wet, and potentially habitable planet to the cold, dry, and barren planet of today. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has been orbiting the planet for more than two years, scavenging for particles… Read more

Facebook: Protecting Users from Themselves

Facebook: Protecting Users from Themselves

Social media has become intertwined with most aspects of the lives of today’s teens. Suicide and self-harm are not excluded from this. More and more young adults have posted suicidal messages on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Live.me. This past January, Naika Venant, a 14-year-old from Florida, died of suicide and broadcasted it on Facebook… Read more

New Meaning to Super Food Spinach

New Meaning to Super Food Spinach

Two biomedical engineers, Glenn Gaudette and Joshua Gershlak of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, sit together during lunch and discuss the problem of organ donation. Every day, around two dozen people die while waiting for a transplant. The engineers want to do something about it, but they don’t think that the number of donors could change… Read more

Left Brain/Right Brain and Other Pop Psychology Myths

Left Brain/Right Brain and Other Pop Psychology Myths

I’m an INTP, left-brained, kinetic learner! Or maybe not? Every science has unique myths around it. And let’s face it: many facts and theories get oversimplified or lost in translation. Not every scientist is an expert in every scientific field. Psychology in particular has a tendency to be misinterpreted, leading to an entire subfield: pop… Read more

Unique Proteins Key to Tardigrades’ Survival

Unique Proteins Key to Tardigrades’ Survival

Tardigrades (water bears) are water-dwelling, microorganisms which can be found in almost every habitat on Earth. However, most species tend to reside in freshwater or semi-aquatic terrestrial environments, favoring damp moss and algae. These microorganisms can survive in the most extreme of conditions, enduring grueling temperatures ranging from -200 degrees Celsius to 149 degrees Celsius… Read more

Extinct And Endangered Wildlife: More Tragedies In 2016

Extinct And Endangered Wildlife: More Tragedies In 2016

Unfortunately, in the year 2016, we bid adieu to multiple species that are now extinct. Due to deforestation, climate change, hunting, and poaching, many species have already disappeared or are beginning to. Below is a list of some of the species that either became extinct or experienced a great loss in their population size in 2016. Melomys The Bramble Cay melomys (Melomys… Read more