Posts Tagged: research

New Species found in Trinidad

New Species found in Trinidad

For the last two weeks, I was on a short vacation in Trinidad and Tobago, a single nation of two small islands in the Caribbean. During my stay there, I met with Dr. Judith Gobin, a marine biologist at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad, who recently found 83 species living off… Read more

Phage Therapy: Antibiotic’s Spiritual Successor

Phage Therapy: Antibiotic’s Spiritual Successor

Traditionally, bacterial infections are met with routine antibiotics. As long as the patient follows the directions on the bottle, symptoms resolve, right? Not anymore. The emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains, or “super bugs,” has already rendered some diseases untreatable by standard prescriptions. A report from the World Health Organization in September sounded the alarm: due to… Read more

Semiconductors: Waveguides and Technology

Semiconductors: Waveguides and Technology

Technology has been improving at a quick rate compared to the centuries before; our smartphones have much more power than supercomputers made decades ago. Although this is true, the semiconductor industry has to come up with new ways to improve current technology. We’re reaching the smallest we can make components that make our devices work. One way researchers… Read more

Genetically Modified Immune Cells Can Cure Cancer

Genetically Modified Immune Cells Can Cure Cancer

Picture that you are a teenager. Sounds easy enough. Now picture that you are a teenager with leukemia. You know you are going to die and have already accepted the fact. Then, one day, the doctor suggests a therapy that might work. It’s called CAR-T therapy. For the past few decades, treatment of cancer had only… Read more

The Science Behind a Stutter

The Science Behind a Stutter

“Did I stutter?” Almost everyone is guilty of saying those three words — as a joke, of course. A playful, sarcastic jab. Not so fast. 1% of the world population actually suffers from the disorder- that’s nearly 70 million people, 3 million in the U.S alone. But that hasn’t stopped the misconceptions surrounding it. Contrary… Read more

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

Buzz Off Mosquitos!

Buzz Off Mosquitos!

Swimming at night, having a BBQ dinner outside and sitting around bonfires all have one common menace: mosquitos! Honestly, I think these insects are the biggest downsides of summer. I even bought citronella plants for my backyard which will hopefully serve as a permanent bug repellent. Even if it’s not cold in the evening, I… 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

Insomnia May Be In Your DNA

Insomnia May Be In Your DNA

If you have insomnia, you may have more in common with Madonna, George Clooney, Lady Gaga and Kim Cattrall than you thought. In a Netherlands study, researchers asked 113,000 participants if they had trouble falling asleep every night. Those who responded “usually” were classified as having insomnia. Researchers then took insomnia DNA and found seven genes that those suffering had in… Read more