Dichloromethane Delays Ozone Recovery

Established in 1987, the Montreal Protocol aimed to protect the stratospheric ozone layer by eliminating the production and consumption of substances causing ozone depletion. These substances comprise of anthropogenic chlorine-containing chemicals, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halons, and are responsible for phenomena like the Antarctic Ozone Hole. Thirty years later, the Montreal Protocol successfully reduced […]

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 […]

Analysis of Zircon Crystals Leads to New View of Magma

When visualizing the interior of a volcano, one would imagine liquid magma trapped inside caverns of igneous rock. Recently volcanologists gained insight on the nature of magma reservoirs by analyzing zircon crystal remains from a volcano eruption in New Zealand. The eruption of Mount Tarawera occurred approximately 700 years ago and covered surrounding areas with […]

Plus-Size Models and Mental Health

Recently, average and plus-size models have been integrated into advertising, music videos, and other forms of media. The response often focuses on the satisfaction felt by viewers after seeing a more realistic size represented. With more than one-third of Americans being considered obese, the abundance of thin models seen on screen and in social media […]

Recycling Plant Lignin for Chemicals

  As Earth’s finite supply of fossil fuels gradually depletes, scientists are considering biomass to be a sustainable alternative. Biomass could potentially be utilized to produce low molecular weight chemicals used in the creation of pharmaceuticals, plastics and other household commodities. One component considered valuable in the production of these chemicals is lignin, an organic […]

A Future with No Cracked Phone Screens

Before leaving the house, one item I always carry with me is my smartphone. Oftentimes, it is shielded with a case and a screen protector to prevent external damage. For most smartphone users, the idea of dropping their devices and watching it shatter into fragments is almost unbearable. Smartphones are primarily comprised of the element […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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.  […]