Category: Jack Zhong

It Wasn’t the Turkey!

Written By: Jack Zhong Edited By: Josephine McGowan Every year, a lucky turkey gets pardoned, and his many friends end up on the tables of many families across America. At the thanksgiving feast this past weekend, we piled on the turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, pies, stuffing, gravy, ice cream, etc. Smiling approvingly at family

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Rise of the Electric Car

Written by: Jack Zhong Edited by: Josephine McGowan Cars are an essential part of modern American life. Yet, unfortunately, they are also one of the primary sources of pollution that contributes to climate change. As a result, manufacturers have begun to introduce more fuel-efficient cars and electric cars. Electric cars ingeniously utilize battery power or

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Nobel Prize Winners Herald Natural-Based Medicines

Written By: Jack Zhong Edited By: Josephine McGowan On October 6, 2015, the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology was awarded to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for “their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites.” Youyou Tu also shared this prize for “her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.”

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Genetically Engineering Our Future

Scientists today use biotechnology to insert and remove genes, altering characteristics in various organisms. This process of “genetic engineering” involves manipulating an organism’s genome—the collection of genetic material, including DNA and RNA. Interestingly, these techniques utilize  naturally occurring organisms and phenomena. Many organisms possess DNA editing tools, such as nuclease enzymes, that regulate DNA reproduction.

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A Promising Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease?

By: Jack Zhong Edited By: Josephine McGowan Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the US, and yet, it has no known cures, prevention methods, or approaches to slow down the progression of disease. Causing degeneration in the brain (Figure 1), Alzheimer’s disease has common symptoms that include: dementia, memory loss, decline

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Artificial Intelligence: Creating our own extinction?

By: Jack Zhong Edited By: Hsin-Pei Toh While we are nowhere close to creating a human brain, we humans have successfully created artificial ones in the form of computers. This development occurred in just a little over 50 years after Professor Alan Turing created the precursor to the first computers to break the Enigma encryption used

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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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