By Aditya Nair The Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology is awarded annually to the scientist or scientists that perform the most influential research contributing to science’s understanding of medicine or physiology. This year, the award went to James E. Rothman (Yale, and formerly Columbia), Randy W. Schekman (University of California at Berkeley), and Dr.
Month: November 2013
By Alexander Bernstein A great biological benefit of a nation located in a temperate climate, as is the case with the majority of the United States, is that tropical diseases such as typhoid fever and malaria are typically non-issues. Yet, a recent dengue fever outbreak in Florida seems to indicate that perhaps the changing climate,
By Kellie Lu After Edward Snowden’s grand alert about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) secret data mining program PRISM, Americans (and the entire world) have woken up to issues of privacy and cyber security. Quantum computing, a better form of cyber security, is evolving as the next standard for semiconductor-based computing (right now, we use silicon
By Alexandra DeCandia You can tell by the way she uses her walk that there’s something wrong. Tail outstretched and wings akimbo, the killdeer (Charadrius vociferous) cries aloud, limping along the rocky shore as if unable to fly. She appears injured, pained, and consequently, an easy target for any predators in the vicinity. Walk, squawk,
By Aditya Nair You don’t need to be a board-certified physician to diagnose the nation with zombie fever. The Walking Dead. Left for Dead. Dead Set. Shaun of the Dead. Zombieland. Countless zombie Halloween outfits. There’s no denying it: our nation is obsessed with zombies. The concept of the possessed, brainless, half-living deformed creatures roaming the
By Erik Schiferle As midterm season at Columbia is nearing an end, surely some students are suffering from the blues. Short periods of the blues are not out of the ordinary, especially for people in high stress environments. However, if an individual lacks a sense of well-being for extended periods of time or with an
By Ian MacArthur Revolutions in one field of science often revolutionize other scientific fields. Breakthroughs in nuclear physics in the 1940’s later allowed organic chemistry to thrive with improved chemical detection methods and gave rise to biological imaging technologies. Recent developments in nanotechnology are now set to drastically enhance our understanding of biology and medicine.
By Alexandra DeCandia The situation may be worse than we anticipated for the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus). In a harrowing new study published by University of Illinois researchers earlier this week, it appears that the fungus Pseudogymnoascus (Geomyces) destructans (the cause of White-Nose Syndrome or WNS in bats) is even more resilient than previously