Month: October 2013

S.O.S. (Save Our Scientists)

By Aditya Nair The United States Government is currently $11.6 trillion in debt. That’s $36,653 per citizen, and represents more than a fifth of the debt held by every government in the entire world combined. Congress and the President constantly struggle to agree to even approve enough funding to prevent default or maintain government operations. This is a crisis,

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Computational Chemists Awarded the Nobel Prize By the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

By Erik Schiferle With the developments of Electron Microscopy, X-ray Crystallography, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, scientists are beginning to determine the sequence and structures of molecules, cells, and proteins. For example, in recent decades, scientists have determined the sequence of scaffolding proteins as well as the sequence and structure of RNA and DNA. The

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Real Time MRI Advances for Gene Therapy

By Alexander Bernstein For years, one of the greatest drawbacks to chemotherapy has been its potentially devastating side effects. Indeed, many individuals are unable to complete their treatment, or even be treated with a potentially more effective drug because of severe side effects that the body cannot bear. Finally, a group of researchers at the

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Suppressing Satisfaction: GLP-1’s Potential in the Treatment of Addiction

By Ian MacArthur Consuming a meal when hungry is often accompanied by a profound sense of satisfaction. This state of feeling full and satisfied is induced by the release of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), a hormone that binds to receptors when a particular craving is quenched. Now, researchers believe that GLP-1 and other compounds that mimic its

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“World’s Happiest Animal” Faces Extinction: A Story of Climate Change and Quokkas

By Alexandra DeCandia With an ever-increasing frequency, one pudgy little macropod marsupial is making headlines. Proclaimed the “Happiest Animal in the World” by Huffington Post some ten months ago, the quokka has since bundled into millions of hearts with its teddy-bear frame, cheeky grin, and characteristically social nature. Despite its near constant appearance on internet forums

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Syria: A Chemical Catastrophe in Progress

By Kellie Lu With Syria’s not-so-clandestine arsenal of chemical weapons debated over the table of the UN Security Council, chemical weapons, particularly nerve gases, have once again been thrust into the global attention. The power of these macroscopically undetectable molecules is not to be underestimated; within seconds, a mere milligram dose of sarin can kill

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