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Mitochondrial DNA: Sinking a Century-Old Myth
Biology / Genetics / History

Mitochondrial DNA: Sinking a Century-Old Myth

By: Kimberly Shen Edited by: Arianna Winchester   Though we may think we know everything about the destruction of the Titanic over a century ago, new scientific developments are enabling us to find out new information about what actually happened on that tragic night in 1912. Modern methods of mitochondrial DNA testing has been able … Continue reading

Meat Consumption and Cancer
Biology / Cancer / Diet / Lifestyle

Meat Consumption and Cancer

By: Yameng Zhang Edited by: Thomas Luh On October 26th 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, released a monograph (a report discussing a subject in detail) evaluating the carcinogenicity of red meat and processed meat consumption (whether they are directly involved in causing cancer). … Continue reading

The Snub-Nosed Sneezing Monkey and 210 Other New Himalayan Species
Biology / Conservation / Ecology

The Snub-Nosed Sneezing Monkey and 210 Other New Himalayan Species

By: Julia Zeh Edited by: Ashley Koo Deep in the Eastern Himalayas, isolated from human activities, members of a newly discovered species of snub-nosed monkey sit with their heads between their knees, hiding from the rain. The recently discovered Rhinopithecus strykeri, a member of the snub-nosed monkey genus, is described as having black fur, an … Continue reading

The Multiverse: The Only Alternative to Creation?
Astrophysics / Dimitri Leggas

The Multiverse: The Only Alternative to Creation?

Written by: Dimitri Leggas Edited by: Hsin-Pei Toh Today’s popular scientific discourse is filled with discussions on “the multiverse,” with headlines like “The Case for Parallel Universes” and “Looking for Life in the Multiverse” filling journals such as Scientific American. Many of these articles focus on the excitement of numerous universes rather than their theoretical … Continue reading

Counting Calories, To the Extreme: The Efficacy of Caloric Restriction
Aging / Biology / Food / Tiago Palmisano

Counting Calories, To the Extreme: The Efficacy of Caloric Restriction

Written By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan Paleodiet, Atkins diet, vegan diet, raw food diet – new and interesting food management plans such as these constantly pervade the realm of fitness culture. Weight Watchers International, for example, has capitalized on this obsession by providing specific combinations of food in exchange for money. Some of … Continue reading

Nobel Prize Winners Herald Natural-Based Medicines
Jack Zhong / medicine

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.” … Continue reading

Herbal Medicine
medicine / Yameng Zhang

Herbal Medicine

By: Yameng Zhang Edited By: Thomas Luh What is herbal medicine? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Herbal medicine—also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine—refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 was awarded to a further application of herbal … Continue reading

The Case of the Cyclops Child: A Moral Quandary
Biology / Child Health and Development / Kimberly Shen / Neuroscience

The Case of the Cyclops Child: A Moral Quandary

By: Kimberly Shen Edited by: Arianna Winchester “Over the years that followed, I found myself thinking from time to time of that picture, my hand over the baby’s mouth. I knew then, and I still think now, that the right thing to do would have been to kill that baby.” These were the words that … Continue reading