Month: November 2012

Encoded Maladies: A Survey of Disorders that Arise in Our Genes

A look into the complex world of genetic disorders, their histories, and how we treat them. Adrenoleukodystrophy By Ian MacArthur Insulation plays a crucial role in our daily lives. It keeps our homes warm in winter, prevents our coffee from rapidly cooling, and protects our bodies from the cold. Yet another sort of insulation plays

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Encoded Maladies: A Survey of the Disorders that Arise in our Genes

A look into the complex world of genetic disorders, their histories, and how we treat them. Wilson’s Disease By Ian MacArthur Each day, the human body’s wondrous capacity for regulation enables us to carry out our necessary tasks in the midst of an ever changing environment.  Our ability to endure climates both scorching and frigid

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Causes for Concern: Emerging Epidemics

A chronicle of dangerous infectious outbreaks around the globe. An Epidemic to Avoid: The rise of Ebola in 2012 By Alexander Bernstein Electron micrograph of ebola virions (via Wikimedia Commons) If there is one disease that you don’t want to get, it is Ebola. Know in the scientific community as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (also Ebola virus

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Yesterday’s Future Today

A column detailing both the surprising prescience and laughable misses of science fiction throughout history. “Watts” Coming By Nate Posey According to the International Energy Statistics database, the world consumed a whopping 505 quadrillionBtu’s of energy in 2008, and global demand is still climbing swiftly. While policy experts have proposed numerous solutions to the impending

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