Sunday, January 26, 2020

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Understanding Static Electricity

A Normal Winter Night It’s a cold winter night, you’re snuggled up in your favorite blanket sitting on a couch and watching TV, the heater doing its best to prevent the winter winds from disturbing your moment of Zen. You’re thirsty, craving the delicious nature of nice, hot...

Overcoming Depression at the Level of the Brain

Depression is a common but serious mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness. Many people, ranging from young to old, suffer from depression. It is especially prevalent in young adults and college students. Those suffering from depression often have trouble doing every day activities and sometimes...

A History of Bias: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

We’ve come a very long way in the way we perceive medicine and how we use it. We’ve grown from studying the humors of medieval times and performing brain lobotomies in the 1900s to the most complex surgeries and medicines that can save millions of lives. But...

Health Shot: Vitamin Overdose

Too much of a good thing is even better? Right? Wrong. Turns out with vitamins, this is not the case. The Vitamin market is a $23.3 Billion industry, and we are increasingly turning to these convenient capsules for a quick fix. The effect of vitamins is a...

Psychedelics

Introduction: Microdosing is the use of micro amounts of psychedelic substances on a consistent basis (Anderson). Psychedelics, such as LSD and psilocybin (street names acid and shrooms), are “powerful psychoactive substances that alter perception and mood and affect numerous cognitive processes” (Nichols 266). Recent studies have shown that...

Nicotine is Dope: a poem on vaping and addiction

What nice etiquette Not to be burning a cigarette. With flavors like Diet Coke Instead of plain old smoke. Youth claim to thrive On something that resembles a flash drive. But wait, Maybe we should take five.   It seems vaping has strayed from its original intent. It is no longer used to prevent. And is now an...

Should We Be Worried About Zombie Pathogens?

In the summer of 2016, Arctic regions such as Siberia and Greenland were hit with an unusual heat wave. As plants grew and water levels rose, a thick layer of permafrost that had accumulated from winters prior began to thaw, revealing something extremely concerning: anthrax-infected reindeer carcasses...

Concussions can affect youth

From a young age, many children take up sports like football, boxing, and soccer. Playing such sports can potentially have a huge negative effect if a child or teenager experiences a concussion while playing their game. Depending on the person, the damage could have a lasting effect. According...

Health Shot: Vaccines

  I'm sure we can all remember that dreaded moment at the doctor's office when they say "Time for some shots!". Much crying later (maybe that's just me) , we leave the office with a brightly colored band aid - and sometimes a sticker for the road. But...

Computer Programming: A Women’s History

I always found it interesting how people tend to see computer science and coding in general as inherently a male-dominated field, despite how the very foundations of computer programming were established by a woman, Ada Lovelace. In the 60s, computer programming was considered women's work (look at...

Hidden Figures Beyond: Alexa Canady, the First African-American Neurosurgeon

This article will be the first of a series of articles I hope to continue called Hidden Figures Beyond. The goal of this series is to go beyond the movie Hidden Figures, highlighting more scientists that are underrepresented minorities whose research and studies continue to make an...

Understanding the Use of CRISPR in Humans

CRISPR, an anacronym that stands for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats,” is a concept becoming quite ubiquitous in most biology classes and rapidly gaining familiarity among experimental medicine and biology discussion circles not to mention scientific publications and health- or science-related news media. However, people who...