Science & Technology


Does breathing spread the influenza virus?

February 5, 2018

As college students, Hopkins students know all too well how dreadful — and how easy — it is to contract some sort of virus, one that will keep you up all night coughing your lungs out or force your runny nose through two full boxes of tissues a day. 

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Computational heart models can be used to help physicians determine the severity of harmful arrythmia in patients.

Hopkins lab develops arrhythmia treatment

February 5, 2018

In the last few decades, medicine has become increasingly tailored toward a patients’ specific needs; personalized medicine is quickly taking over the old practice of universal treatments for an ailment.


Hopkins Highlights

February 5, 2018

Bloomberg professor claims universe is expanding faster than expected Hopkins astrophysicist and 2011 Nobel Prize in physics winner Adam Riess recently presented at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in the National Harbor. 


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Bowhead whales exfoliate in response to warm weathers, which correspond to their annual migration pattern.

Whale exfoliation may explain migration patterns

December 7, 2017

In the 1800s, fishermen were mystified by the sight of bowhead whales scraping their heads against rocks. In the present day, drone footage has lent credence to a particular theory as to why. According to marine scientist Sarah Fortune, the whales are engaging in skin care.


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Space dust may carry living microbes despite lacking water and oxygen.

Space dust might transport life between planets

December 7, 2017

For centuries, humans have pondered the question of how life originated on Earth. Several theories have been developed that range from religious doctrines to scientific observations. Some propose that lightning provided the spark of life, while others suggest that life was brought from elsewhere in space.


Blocking TraE can stop antibiotic resistance

December 7, 2017

Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in human medicine. And in addition to treating a plethora of different diseases in humans, antibiotics are widely used on animal and plants in farms and plantations to prevent the spread of bacterial infections that result in loss of consumable crops or meat.

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Researchers hope to apply knowledge of TraE to destroy harmful bacteria.

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‘Oumuamua, a new-found asteroid, follows a hyperbolic trajectory around the sun, unusual for normal asteroids.

Scientists spot asteroid from another solar system

December 7, 2017

On Oct. 19, 2017, scientists in Hawaii spotted a visitor from beyond enter our solar system. Named ‘Oumuamua, it is the first known interstellar asteroid, and it flew in faster than anything astronomers have ever seen. ‘Oumuamua, according to NASA, is a term for “a messenger from afar arriving first.”


Potential new tech innovations can combat climate change

December 2, 2017

Over the past hundred years, human activity has brought about a rise in global temperatures, more extreme weather patterns and a drastically changing ecosystem. The effects of climate change and environmental degradation can be harmful to human health, with consequences such as water and food shortages, rising sea levels and pollution.

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Direct air capture technology can create a synthetic fuel to power planes and other vehicles.

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A student works with the DMC’s Microsoft Surface Studio.

The DMC combines technology with art

December 2, 2017

Over Halloween weekend, students gathered in the Mattin courtyard to drop pumpkins off the second floor balcony, make their own masks and engage in some intense gaming competitions. The annual game night was hosted by the Digital Media Center (DMC), a multimedia lab space that serves as an equipment, printing, software and knowledge resource for students on campus.