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Teen Tanning – Does the Benefit Outweigh the Risk?

Teen Tanning – Does the Benefit Outweigh the Risk?

While it may not be necessary to use indoor tanning facilities with this year’s record high winter forecasts, many teenagers across the United States still frequently use tanning beds. However, indoor tanning may no longer be an option for teens in the future, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposes a ban on tanning beds… Read more

Ogo Technology: A New Era in Personal Transportation

Ogo Technology: A New Era in Personal Transportation

In New Zealand, a new company has developed an enhancement that could revolutionize the lives of wheelchair-bound individuals. This company, known as Ogo Technology, is embarking on a journey to produce “The Wheelchair of the Future”. This new, futuristic wheelchair is a battery powered device that allows the user to move with greater precision without… Read more

Possibility of Lightsabers?

Possibility of Lightsabers?

In light of the opening for The Force Awakens, the new Star Wars movie, people are pondering the plausibility of lightsabers in the real world. Considering the advancement of today’s technology, the fictional weapons of the Star Wars universe may be more practical than ever. Martin Ringbauer, a research physicist at the University of Queensland… Read more

Combating Artemisinin-Resistant Parasites

Combating Artemisinin-Resistant Parasites

Approximately one half of the world’s population is at risk for contracting malaria. The disease is caused by parasites that are transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Although mortality rates are currently falling due to the development and distribution of treatments, one parasite is becoming increasingly resistant to a current drug. The… Read more

91% of Migratory Birds in Danger

91% of Migratory Birds in Danger

A new study, published in the journal Science, found that 91% of migratory birds face danger from the lack of protected areas on their migration routes. The study examined 1,451 migratory bird species and the protections offered to them from the areas in which they rest during their journeys. In the winter months, some birds… Read more

Tufts University is Teaching Robots to Say “No”

Tufts University is Teaching Robots to Say “No”

Tufts University recently released two videos, “Simple Natural Language Interaction with Consequence Reasoning,” and “Natural Language Interaction with ISA Handling, Consequence and Basic Social Reasoning,” which have gone viral on Facebook. In the videos, they demonstrate how a robot can learn to respond to an obstacle and reject a human’s command if the task would… Read more

Drones Replacing Shopping Trips For Citizens

Drones Replacing Shopping Trips For Citizens

What Is a Drone? As our culture is becoming increasingly centered around technological advances, one piece of technology is catching the attention of individuals all over the country – drones. A drone, according to Dictionary.com, is defined as an unmanned aircraft or ship that can navigate autonomously, either without human control or beyond the line of sight…. Read more

Melatonin’s Relationship with Multiple Sclerosis

Melatonin’s Relationship with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the brain and spinal cord in which the affected immune system attacks the protective sheath that covers the body’s nerve fibers. This protective sheath is known as myelin. Ultimately, the disease can cause nerves to deteriorate, and it can disrupt communication between the brain and the rest of… Read more

Experimental Anti-Aging Drug Can Potentially Be Used To Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

Experimental Anti-Aging Drug Can Potentially Be Used To Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

When things don’t go your way initially, they say you should think outside the box. That’s exactly what the scientists at the Salk Institute did while developing new methods for treating Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is not only the most common form of dementia, but it is also the 6th leading cause of death in the United… Read more

The Cryptochrome-MagR Complex: A Biological Compass?

The Cryptochrome-MagR Complex: A Biological Compass?

Certain species such as pigeons, fruit flies, and beluga whales can navigate themselves using the Earth’s magnetic field. How can they do such a remarkable thing? A team of researchers at Peking University, led by biophysicist Can Xie, has recently discovered a specific protein structure, comprised of cryptochromes and MagR that may play a substantial… Read more