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Crater Provides Knowledge of Ancient Martian Environment

Crater Provides Knowledge of Ancient Martian Environment

A crater on Mars’ surface provides scientists with an idea of the ancient Martian environment. The objective of NASA’s Curiosity rover mission is to explore and analyze possible signs of past or present life on Mars’ surface. The rover spent three-and-a-half years investigating and taking samples from the Gale Crater—a lake once fed by rivers… Read more

Aspirin’s Usefulness in Atherosclerosis Patients

Aspirin’s Usefulness in Atherosclerosis Patients

Acetylsalicylic acid, more commonly known as aspirin, is widely used in the United States and around the globe.  It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat a variety of medical issues, such as fever, pain, and inflammatory diseases. Aspirin is also taken daily by many people who have had cardiovascular issues in the past,… Read more

The Scientific Pros and Cons of Tattoos

The Scientific Pros and Cons of Tattoos

Whether it is for artistic purposes or not, tattoos are often known as images or caricatures on the skin that symbolize a message. When a person gets a tattoo, a clean needle gets inside the dermis of the skin and injects ink. Our skin often sheds the top layer, the epidermis, off every second that… Read more

Is Climate Change Actually a Hoax?

Is Climate Change Actually a Hoax?

In the midst of the current political environment surrounding Trump’s presidency, the population of climate change deniers has been given unmerited attention. Those knowledgeable of the increases in Earth’s temperature have been struggling with the idea that someone—let alone an enormous crowd and the very president of our nation—could deny it in spite of clear, sufficient evidence. … Read more

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

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

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

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

Understanding Pitch with Mandarin

Understanding Pitch with Mandarin

In music, notes can have different pitches. Pitch refers to how high or low a sound’s frequency is. Whether the note is C sharp or E-flat, these tonal differences allow us to have a great sense of musicality and a sharp acuity to the various notes. Although many people struggle with finding the correct pitch,… Read more

Helium-Sodium Compound Forms Under High Pressures

Helium-Sodium Compound Forms Under High Pressures

Helium, the second element in the periodic table, possesses an electron configuration which prohibits it from forming bonds with other atoms. The 1s^2  electron configuration indicates the element has a complete outer shell containing two electrons. In addition, helium possesses zero electron affinity—the energy change that occurs when an electron is added to a gaseous… Read more