Are you nomophobic? The term is a product of the 21st century: No mobile phone phobia. In the age of personalized devices, researchers worry about the effects that cell phones and the like are having on our brains. A quiz developed by Caglar Yildirim, an assistant professor of human computer interaction, helps to gauge an […]Read More The worrying possibilities of cell phone addiction
A study of sea slugs presents a rival theory to the commonly held belief of most neuroscientists: that long term memories are encoded within strengthened connections between nerve cells in the brain. When poked, the slugs pull their water-filtering siphon back into their bodies. In this study, scientists used electric shocks to instill a longer […]Read More Can memories be encoded in RNA?
The first nonavian dinosaur discovered that is known to be capable of running and swimming is quite honestly bizarre looking. Researchers made a digital 3D image of the fossil with synchrotron radiation scanning while it was still embedded in stone. From the Mongolian fossil they were able to determine that the dinosaur has a long, […]Read More Duck or dino?
In August of 2017, the Food and Drug Administration made history by approving the first gene therapy in the United States. The treatment, known as CAR-T immunotherapy, may help young patients suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a bone marrow and blood cancer. “We’re entering a new frontier in medical innovation with the ability to […]Read More Gene therapy for cancer treatment reaches USA
The appearance of a nebula around a star sometimes indicates the end of its lifetime- the transition from a red giant supernova to a white dwarf. The star sheds its outer layers of gas, leaving the core exposed. Radiation from the core illuminates the drifting gas layers, creating a nebula. What’s interesting about a study recently […]Read More The capacity for brightness: star nebulae