Nature Is For Everyone

Outdoor enthusiasts have always known that nature has a renewing, revitalizing effect on people. As John Muir said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” Up until recently, science has been unable to pinpoint what specific effects nature has on the brain, but advances in brain imaging technology have given […]

Socioeconomic Status Impacts Immune System

Our immune system is our body’s mechanism to fight diseases and harmful infections. However, it may soon have to “fight against” our socioeconomic status.    In a test to find correlations between the immune system and socioeconomic level, scientists have placed rhesus monkeys, a regarded social animal, into groups. The scientists created cohorts of five monkeys […]

Running and Learning

Running is known to have many physical and mental benefits. Some of the obvious benefits include increasing bone density and preventing obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. A study published in the 2012 issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health found that participants who ran for thirty minutes routinely during a three-week period experienced improved […]

Shifts in Oxygen Levels Reset Circadian Clock

Sleeping Patterns (or a Lack Thereof) It’s happened to the best of us. With all the shows to binge, tests to study for, and work to do, one night is all it takes to throw off your sleeping schedule entirely. One all-nighter is enough to keep you struggling to go to sleep at your normal […]

The Other Side: The Argument for GMO Labeling

Hunger is a constant problem that we, as human beings, have been trying to solve for years through the advancement of technology. Currently, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) claims that one ninth of the world’s total population between 2014 and 2015 suffer from malnourishment. Considering how the United Nations emphasize […]

Note-Taking: To Write or To Type?

School has been in session, and one of your main goals this year is to earn stellar marks on your transcript. Most people with phenomenal test scores credit their note-taking strategies. Here we question- which strategies are the best? While some students prefer to type their notes, others prefer handwritten notes. So, which method is better, scientifically-speaking? In a […]

Twins Have Longer Life Expectancy

Benefits of Being a Twin At some point in our lives, we’ve probably thought about how much fun it would be to have a twin. There’s no bond quite like the one that’s forged while you’re in the womb. Those who are actually twins might disagree with us on this topic at times, but recent scientific research […]

An Overview on Three-Parent Babies

We can all recall the time our high school biology teachers taught us the basics of the human reproduction system. The process starts when a sperm enters an egg, each containing one half of a set of DNA. Essentially, the 23 pairs of chromosomes we inherit from our parents is what makes all of us […]

Artificial Sweeteners Increase Appetite

For quite some time, many people have turned to artificial sweeteners as a means to satisfy their cravings for sweetness without adding a significant number of calories to their diets. However, a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney has shown that artificial sweeteners may actually cause increased appetite among users— the exact […]

Chinese Restaurant Syndrome (Monosodium Glutamate) Explained

“I’d like to order chicken fried rice and a box of egg rolls, please.” Hold up! Before you decide to ask for takeout, know you’re probably getting more than just that. Enter Monosodium Glutamate, or MSG. It’s a non-essential amino acid that presents itself in most Chinese food. By utilizing MSG, cooks are able to […]