Advances in Predicting Dementia
Alexander Bernstein / Alzheimer's Disease / Neuroscience

Advances in Predicting Dementia

By: Alexander Bernstein Defined by the Alzheimer’s Association as “decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life,” dementia is a crippling condition that affects more than 35 million people worldwide. One of the most common causes of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease has been, up until very recently, quite difficult to diagnose, typically requiring … Continue reading

A Quantum Explanation for Consciousness?
Neuroscience / physics / Quantum Mechanics / stream of consciousness

A Quantum Explanation for Consciousness?

By: Aditya Nair One of the most baffling problems in science is that of consciousness. How exactly does our brain create consciousness? What brain mechanisms allow for the development of thoughts? Is consciousness a physical phenomenon? Probing the boundaries of our very existence itself, scientists have been pushing at this question for hundreds of years, … Continue reading

Rethinking Prions – From Mad Cow Culprits to Integral Memory Keepers
Biochemistry / Biology

Rethinking Prions – From Mad Cow Culprits to Integral Memory Keepers

By: Alexander Bernstein Especially following the recent mid 2000’s outbreak of Mad Cow Disease in Britain that saw nearly 200 thousand cattle and more than a hundred people infected, prions, the proteins associated with this disease, have a primarily served a boogeyman role in the media. Yet, as per a recent article published in Public Library … Continue reading

Inter-Kingdom Communication: Bacterial Interaction with Colon Epithelial Cells
Biochemistry / Ian MacArthur

Inter-Kingdom Communication: Bacterial Interaction with Colon Epithelial Cells

By: Ian MacArthur Communication between members of different species belonging to the same biological class is complicated, as anyone who has ever attempted to talk to a household cat or dog could relate. It would seem, then, that communication between species belonging to different biological kingdoms, the second broadest classifiable category of species, would be … Continue reading