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Recent research conducted by Pennsylvania State University Assistant Professor of Psychology Suzy Scherf suggests that facial recognition transforms as adolescents transition into adulthood. That is, Scherf identifies puberty, not age, as refining one’s ability to recognize faces.
New research, led by Xiaoyang Zhu, a professor of chemistry at Columbia University, reveals the potential of using a new kind of material, hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOIPs), to manufacture solar cells. The results conclude that HOIPs can achieve much higher solar efficiencies than traditional solar cells, which are typically made out of silicon.
Developmental biologist Fredrik Lanner of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm recently publicized his successful editing of human DNA in embryos. Despite previous attempts to edit genes in human embryos, Lanner is the first to yield viable human embryos after gene editing and announce it to the public.
I had no idea what the benefits were behind the membership (beyond an impressive line on the CV). I am sure that many other undergraduate students also have this problem when they read faculty profiles.
Hopkins neuroscientists published on Sept. 19 new findings that the brain network involved in numerical reasoning is identical in both blind and sighted people.
If you consider Siberian tigers or saltwater crocodiles to be the toughest animals on the planet, think again. Tardigrades, also known as “water bears,” are microscopic aquatic animals with four pairs of legs that average half a millimeter in length.
Temporary tattoos might someday become the primary form of treatment for chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Nanoparticles called PEG-HCCs (polyethylene glycol combined with hydrophilic carbon clusters) were created in the lab of James Tour, a chemist at Rice University. They help inhibit T lymphocyte cells that sometimes mistakenly attack innocuous cells in the body.
Vice Provost for Research Denis Wirtz, a polymer physicist, is on the way to making one of the largest breakthroughs in pancreatic cancer research... without having taken a single formal biology class.
Because these devices emit blue-shifted light that mimics sunlight, viewing them at night tricks our brain into thinking that it’s still daylight. As a result, we cannot fall asleep when we try to go to bed.
A study published in the 2016 issue of Translational Cancer has suggested that there may be an association between certain cancers and sugar-sweetened beverages. The study was conducted at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and states that the link between cancer and sugar-sweetened drinks varies with age.
At a United Nations General Assembly meeting on Sept. 21, the first ever called only to discuss drug-resistant bacteria, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated that antimicrobial resistance is a “fundamental threat” to global health and safety.
A recent study done by the Copenhagen Centre for Social Evolution showed that parents who have kids later in life are more likely to have children with autism disorders. However, the link between later reproduction and schizophrenia in children was disproved.
The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope
Students from across the country competed in the second annual MedHacks, where medicine and technology meet.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a ban prohibiting the sale of consumer antibacterial soaps containing antiseptics the FDA deemed “not generally recognized as safe and effective.” This final ruling solidified a proposed rule published in the Federal Register of Dec. 17, 2013.
From soda to soup, crackers to condiments, it has been determined that more than 75 percent of processed food on our supermarket shelves contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.
This past July and August have tied each other for the hottest months on Earth since NASA’s record-keeping began in 1880. The past two months boast temperatures averaging 0.84 degrees Celsius (1.27 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the earth’s average temperature.
While it is certainly true that science requires a degree of intelligence, there is one often overlooked factor that truly separates the winners from the losers: the ability to not give a sh*t.
Researchers from Emory University have discovered that people who experience synesthesia, the mixing of senses, are more sensitive to associations between shapes and the sound of words.
Gas giants are massive planets that consist of a significant amount of hydrogen and helium gases, with only a comparatively tiny terrestrial core in the center. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are the four unique gas giants that exist in our very own Solar System. Recently, a group of combined scientists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Russia successfully utilized computer modeling to detect inherently stable molecules that might be present in the interiors of Uranus and Neptune.