Can Our Pets Be the Answer to Our Problems?
Jun09

Can Our Pets Be the Answer to Our Problems?

In Brief Approximately 38% of adults will be diagnosed with a form of cancer at some point in their lifetimes. But humans are not the only ones affected by this disease. Nearly one in four dogs will be diagnosed with cancer as well. Dogs have been used successfully to further our understanding of cancer. Studying dogs allows scientists to substantiate hypotheses raised during rodent testing. Dog models are used as the last pathway in...

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Investigating the Health Risks of Vaping
May28

Investigating the Health Risks of Vaping

In brief: America’s teenage population has witnessed a 1,800% increase in vaping between 2011 and 2019, leading to widespread nicotine exposure. According to health experts, the teenage brain is uniquely sensitive to nicotine. It produces both neurochemical and behavioral changes in the brains of youngsters. Recent findings show nicotine causes inflammation in the teenage brain as it activates cells called microglia. Vaping also...

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Don’t Look Now, But There Are Critters on Your Face!
May14

Don’t Look Now, But There Are Critters on Your Face!

In brief Microscopic eight-legged parasites called Demodex mites live on the human face. These tiny animals live in the hair follicles and in the sebaceous glands of our skin and eyelashes, where they feed on our cells. Demodex mites can cause inflammation of the facial skin with redness and pimples. They are also likely responsible for papulopustular rosacea (PPR), a common skin condition that causes inflamed, red bumps and pimples...

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The 2020 Curious Science Writers Boot Camp Was Like No Other
May05

The 2020 Curious Science Writers Boot Camp Was Like No Other

It was the middle of July 2020. The world was gripped in the throes of COVID-19. It was a summer unlike any other. With schools across the country closed for the pandemic, countless summer learning opportunities also came to a standstill.. With a dearth of engagement and enrichment opportunities for high schoolers in the summer of 2020, Curious Science Writers Boot Camp rose to the occasion. Undaunted by the challenges, the program...

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Innovation in Modern Drug Development Using Microchips
Apr23

Innovation in Modern Drug Development Using Microchips

In Brief: Organ-on-a-chip technology is used to model and emulate real human organs. The chips are lined with human cells, allowing them to recreate the same mechanical stress that cells experience in the human body.  The structural similarity of these chips to real human tissues allows for drug testing in both healthy and diseased organs.  Scientists believe the technology could save time and resources for the creation of drugs in...

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How Monkeys Provide Insights into the Development of Prosthetic Limbs
Apr01

How Monkeys Provide Insights into the Development of Prosthetic Limbs

In Brief For decades, the best option for those who lost a limb through injury or disease was standard prosthetics. However, thanks to new technology, we may soon have new and better choices. Scientists are studying the motor cortex, a region of the brain responsible for movement control. They believe if we can decipher how the motor cortex sends and receives messages, we could possibly create prosthetic limbs that can be controlled...

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