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Informative articles on various STEM topics and research are published weekly.

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  Omar Dajani   18 Dec 2020   4 min
Science behind cryptids

Omar Dajani - “Moth-man,” “the Flat-woods Monster” and “the Jersey Devil.” All of these names might seem familiar to you. These are what are called “cryptids” and science has had a long battle with whether or not they exist.

  Carly Schinhofen   11 Dec 2020   4 min
Cravings and connections

Carly Schinhofen - A new study shows how human brains react similarly to food deprivation as they do to social deprivation, indicating that loneliness can have a greater impact on mental health than previously expected.

  Joan Joe   11 Dec 2020   8 min
Invisible bruises: PTSD

Joan Joe - In modern life, tension is inevitable. Yet compared to the mental and physical tsunami experienced by people with PTSD, the fatigue of a 12-hour work shift or the rush of adrenaline from a close call in highway traffic pales. PTSD and traumatic brain injury are often referred to as “invisible bruises”, and they are precisely that.

  Emily Richter   11 Dec 2020   4 min
The importance of keystone species

Emily Richter - When animals begin to disappear, which disappearances impact their ecosystems the most? It turns out that when certain species known as keystone species disappear, an ecological collapse is its result.

  Reagan Smith   11 Dec 2020   2 min
Dual function: Converting trash to electricity

Reagan Smith - Copenhill, a waste-to-energy plant designed by Bjarke Ingels, utilizes technology and creativity to create a building that is environmentally conscious, provides recreational fun to the public, and shows the world what is possible when we break the stereotypical mold of architecture.

  Simone Rothaupt   11 Dec 2020   4 min
The reality of robotics

Simone Rothaupt - Robotics has undergone massive advances in recent decades, but what does the future hold for this growing industry?

  Ramizah Tayiba   04 Dec 2020   2 min
Aliens almost definitely exist. Here are the facts to prove it

Ramizah Tayiba - Humans like to put themselves on a pedestal of uniqueness by rejecting all claims that life might exist elsewhere. But math and statistics say otherwise.

  Famesh Patel   04 Dec 2020   2 min
The Golden Record

Famesh Patel - The Golden Record might as well be humanity’s most extensive attempt to contact extraterrestrial life. The Records contain materials from music of various cultures to greetings in various languages. These plaques try to represent all of humanity in 90 minutes so that any advanced space-faring civilization will be able to understand our way of life.

  Joan Joe   28 Nov 2020   5 min
Could gum disease be the cause of Alzheimer’s disease?

Joan Joe - One risk factor for Alzheimer's disease is poor oral health. What is not clear is whether gum disease induces the condition or is merely a consequence. A privately funded research has now verified that the bacteria that cause gum disease are not only in the mouths but also in the brains of people with Alzheimer's. The research also finds that the bacteria cause brain alterations characteristic of the disease in mice.

  Tania Firouzabady   28 Nov 2020   4 min
Memories and the effects of time

Tania Firouzabady - Memories have been a subject of interest to scientists from an early age. Understanding how memories function and change over time is vital to developments in research concerning the causes of memory loss, particularly with regards to Alzheimer’s disease.