The Star That Never Died

The stars, just like us, are born and then die. However, the life of a star can be as long as up to ten million years. The nearest star to us, the Sun, wouldn’t even be in its early thirties compared to humans’ lifespan.  Being only 4.5 billion years old, it still has 6 billion […]

“I’m not a robot”? Evolving CAPTCHA to a new system

It is undeniable that the number of social media users is growing exponentially. Facebook being the most popular with over 1.900 million new accounts in a month, social networks, as well as novel software, have completely changed life as we know it in a matter of a decade.  Such numbers make us wonder if there […]

Antidepressants: Tricyclics to Ketamine

Scientists have been investigating antidepressants since the early 1950s. Since then, our knowledge has increased substantially- it has become more and more clear that the brain is not simple: its mechanisms are intricate, and no one type of medication, to this day, works perfectly for everyone. The list of medications is lengthy; Zoloft, Prozac, and Cymbalta […]

The Heart-Saving Hormone

Currently, nearly 5 million Americans live with congestive heart failure (CHF). Each year, nearly 550,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. In fact, heart failure is responsible for 11 million physician visits every year, which is more hospitalizations than all forms of cancer combined. About 1 in 4 people die within one year of […]

Quantum Communications Explained

Recently, China achieved a milestone when its satellite, Micius, beamed rays of photons over a record-breaking ground distance of 1,200 km, smashing all previously known records. According to the MIT Technology Review, a team of researchers teleported a tiny photon from the ground to the orbiting satellite 300 miles above Earth’s surface. This transmission of […]


Let’s face it- just about anyone who has taken a high school biology class knows what agar is. The algae-based jelly-like substance has often helped budding biologists grow a plethora of different bacteria on our flimsy Petri dishes, whether it be E. Coli or that fuzzy green stuff you found on your breakfast sandwich, often […]

DIRECTED PANSPERMIA : Foray Into Unknown for the Known

“How did Life begin?” Humanity has pondered over this question for centuries. It has weighed on not only scientists, as even the common man has always been bewildered by this question. This question is probably responsible for the rising of certain fields over the course of human endeavors, including philosophy, theology, geology and maybe religion. Among […]

A Silent Killer?

As the days start to heat up, millions of Americans will go poolside for some summer fun. Although the water may seem nice and cool, a little-known danger lurks beneath the depths, cautioning some pool-goers against diving in: Chlorine gas. Chlorine is commonly used to sanitize pools. Its gaseous form can be utilized to remove […]

Your Third Eye and Where to Find It

As children, we develop our vocabularies by repeating what we hear our parents say. We play games in which we identify colors and body parts, our parents shaking with excitement when we do so correctly. We quickly learn that, for the most part as humans, we are born with doubles: two arms and two legs, […]

Spring Sadness

Spring is in full swing, and to some, that may be a good thing. The flowers are blooming, the weather is getting warmer, and the fun is just beginning. To others, Spring is the time of year when they’re constantly “under the weather” due to seasonal allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of […]