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Did you know that humans now have shorter attention spans than that of goldfish? With the advent of multitasking, grabbing people’s attention is more difficult than ever. So, how DO people manage to interest their audience? Anne Marie Santoro, founder of From the Heart Communications, discusses how to find the “heartbeat” of a story in her interview with cSw staff.
Wednesday, July 13th, was the day my life changed. That’s when high school students from curiousSCIENCEwriters (cSw) introduced us to the important field of science journalism and talked about using social media to communicate about biomedical research. We visited the cSw website where science stories written, edited and designed by students are published.
With technology and science changing so rapidly, it’s a wonder that anyone can keep up with the many emerging technologies or even understand the advances being made. But thanks to pioneering work in science journalism by curiousSciencewriters (cSw), bioscience is becoming more accessible to everyone.
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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is largely responsible for irreversible hearing damage. NIHL can be caused by a one-time exposure to a loud sound or continued exposure to high-decibel noises. Researchers at the University of Iowa are now turning to the common fruit fly to study and combat NIHL in humans. The fruit fly is the ideal animal model because the molecular structure of its ear is more similar to humans than that of rats or guinea pigs, meaning tests on fruit flies yield more accurate results.
Many elderly people suffer from osteoporosis, the significant bone loss that can increase the risk of fracture. This disease affects more than 10 million Americans and is the underlying cause behind 1.5 million fractures every year. Rather than develop osteoporosis, black bears’ bodies have made evolutionary adjustments to prevent bone loss during disuse and a team of research scientists have been investigating the secret behind the integrity of bears’ bones.
Characterized in film and media as ferocious and malicious creatures, sharks ignite our basic survival instincts: kill or be killed. However, antibodies in the blood of these ocean carnivores could lead to a new treatment for breast cancer, the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the United States.
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a form of dementia that results in memory loss and the decline in other cognitive functions. Scientists have recently discovered nanobodies in camels that can possibly serve as transporters to deliver medicine directly to the brains of patients suffering with Alzheimer’s.
Every four in 10,000 people in the United States have dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease that causes the left ventricle of the heart to become enlarged. Turkey hearts can serve as a model for the human heart as it undergoes heart failure and cardiomyopathy because their hearts are very similar. By countering a mutated form of cardiac muscle protein with another form of mutated protein, a heart’s normal condition can be restored.