Posts Categorized: Student Research

Can Stress Make You Sick?

Can Stress Make You Sick?

When I was 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed with a non-aggressive form of Breast Cancer. At the time, I did not see the magnitude of the sickness. Instead, I simply accepted her explanation – that the reason she became ill was due to the amount of stress she was putting herself through. As… Read more

Human Impact on Pangolins

Human Impact on Pangolins

For those of you who don’t know about climate change (How could you not?), climate change is a blanket term used to describe the myriad of not only climate anomalies, but also meteorological, oceanic, atmospheric, and geographic events responsible for various environmental issues. These issues include but are not limited to stratospheric ozone depletion, climbing… Read more

Does Ethnicity Determine Your Voice?

Does Ethnicity Determine Your Voice?

Last month after meeting up with someone after numerous telephone conversations, I was told that, despite being an African-American, I sound “white” on the phone. The person was essentially attributing my small and light voice to the white race in this regard. The remark also reminded me that during the O.J. Simpson trial, one witness… Read more

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Have you ever been jolted awake by the feeling of falling off a cliff right before you’re about to fall asleep? Or perhaps your body shook uncontrollably as you were closing your eyes? There is a very high chance you might have—in fact, about 70% of people have experienced this at one or multiples times in their lives. Sudden, involuntary… Read more

Think Beyond: 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

Think Beyond: 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

Every year, approximately 1,800 high school students hailing from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories arrive at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF).  ISEF, a program of Society for Science & the Public (the Society), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Students are given the opportunity to present their… Read more

Our Bodies Can Randomly Catch on Fire

Our Bodies Can Randomly Catch on Fire

It’s truthfully scary to think that our bodies could randomly ignite without any apparent reason. This may sound more like a nightmare rather than anything else, however, it’s a real life scenario and several cases have been reported over the past 50 years. Spontaneous Human Combustion (SHC) is a term describing the combustion of a human body… 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

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

Antibiotic-Resistant Aeromonas in the North Channel Chicago River

Antibiotic-Resistant Aeromonas in the North Channel Chicago River

With the sweltering, hot summer in the middle of July, there are children and adults who are running into the waters looking for a refreshing way to cool down especially in the city of Chicago. However, before we dive right in, there is a peculiar thing in those waters. No, it is not a rubber ducky… Read more

Understanding Radiation

Understanding Radiation

“The ability to perceive or think differently is more important than the knowledge gained.” -David Bohm, a theoretical physicist of the 20th century On February 23, 1941, American chemist Glenn T. Seaborg and his colleagues identified plutonium as a new element at the University of California, Berkeley. However, in 1986, near the end of the Anti-Nuclear Movement, the… Read more