Month: February 2015

The Lady Macbeth Effect: Can Guilt Really Be Washed Away?

By: Kimberly Shen Editor: Bryce Harlan “Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” These were the words Lady Macbeth uttered as she tried to wash away imagined bloodstains. Famous for the pangs of conscience she experiences after acting as an accomplice in King Duncan’s murder, Lady Macbeth draws attention to the perceived connection between physical cleansing

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Inundated by Trash: Marine Mammals and Debris

By Allie DeCandia Edited by Arianna Winchester  Humans have a love affair with plastic. Lightweight, versatile, durable, and inexpensive synthetic polymers have flooded the global market since 1950. Yet the qualities that earn success in the marketplace also severely endanger the natural environment. Winds, rivers, and currents ferry lightweight refuse ocean-bound, and cooler temperatures and

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First New Antibiotic Discovered in Decades

By Ian Cohn Edited by Josephine McGowan Scientists have long warned of the impending “age of antibiotic resistance.” As doctors use antibiotics more frequently and liberally, the potential for bacteria to develop drug-resistant mutations and transform into “super-bugs” becomes ever higher. At its worst, this means that eventually, we will stand powerless to these drug-resistant

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The Case for Mars

By: Ruicong (Jack) Zhong Editor: Arianna Winchester With the release of many thought-provoking science fiction movies on space exploration, such as Interstellar, many people have begun to wonder if we too will inhabit planets in distant solar systems. While we look out farther into the universe in search of compatible Earth-like planets, we are overlooking a

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Biological Circuitry – A Biomedical Frontier

Author: Ian MacArthur Editor: Josephine McGowan Electronic circuits are the backbone of modern civilization. The logical processes they perform underlie the function of all computational devices, ranging in complexity from the simplest calculators up to the most advanced supercomputers. However, the execution of logical tasks need not be confined to inorganic circuitry. Extensive research has

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