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February 26, 2024

Science & Technology




Medical judgment stunts weight loss

For the past few decades, America has been at war against obesity. Cheap, high fat foods are continuously tempting our front lines and indiscriminately adding inches to our waistlines. To combat this growing problem, schools, businesses and healthcare institutions across the nation have tried to increase awareness of obesity and its causes. Despite the numerous health talks and active lifestyle initiatives, a Hopkins study suggests that the key player in weight loss may be the discussions patients have with their doctors about weight.


Alcohol inhibits body's ability to build muscle

What’s a better way to celebrate a hard-played game than by having a few drinks (provided you’re over 21)? According to a study by exercise scientists in Australia, quite a lot, especially if you want to maintain the health-related gains associated with exercise.


Climate change may release a dormant virus

As images of melting ice caps and destructive natural phenomena plague our consciences during warm winters, we become more convinced that climate change is here. The global warming presented by Al Gore in his film, An Inconvenient Truth is visible; we see it in the news on a daily basis.



fMRI shows how we see beauty in mathematics

While the nature of beauty is a topic often left to philosophers poet, it appears that scientists and mathematicians may understand the beauty of complexity. A study conducted by researchers at University College London found a correlation between mathematical formulae and a neurological response to beauty in the minds of mathematicians.


Viviparity may have evolved from land species

A fossil of three babies discovered in central China has shed light on the origins of live birth. Against the prevailing option, this fossil suggests that live birth may have evolved on land rather than in the sea. A team lead by Dr. Ryosuke Motani from the University of California, Davis, recently published this finding in a Plos One paper.


Individuals identified from earwax

Earwax. We get rid of it, like many of the wastes manufactured by our bodies, without a second thought. However, what seems to be simply a smelly secretion actually contains important identifying information about the individual from which it was produced.


Pollution effects amplified in pregnant women

Air pollution antagonizes the body. It can lead to asthma and in extreme cases, lung cancer. While we typically associate its detrimental effects with the respiratory system, air pollution may have even more grave consequences. A recent study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, suggests that unclean air may be just as toxic as cigarette smoke for pregnant women.


Standard sedation practice questioned

It’s not very often that a standard medical procedure is called into question. However, due to information recently uncovered by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Blaustein Pain Treatment Center, this rarity just happened. Pain Medicine.



Hopkins works to fight fat with protein discoveries

We are all familiar with the concept of the Freshman Fifteen. Thanks to academic stressors and buffet-style cafeterias, the first year of college is nearly synonymous with weight gain. Even at Hopkins, most students put on a few pounds in the first couple of months.


Oldest bird alive becomes a new mother

Darwin’s demon is alive, and her name is Wisdom. This age-defying Laysan albatross, the world’s oldest known bird, just gave birth to a new chick. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisdom was seen with her new chick on February 4 at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.


Internet trolls possess Machiavellian-like traits

Internet trolls: unanimously hated by other web users and virtually unblockable by website administrators. These attention-seeking creatures are a growing problem for websites with commenting platforms. They post inflammatory remarks, for the sole intention of infuriating other users. While seasoned web users have learned to simply ignore these trolls, novice users are victimized by their tactics daily. Who are these mysterious creatures? What are they like in real life, unguarded by the mask of online anonymity?


X chromosome codes for sex-related height differences

In genetics, X marks the spot. The X chromosome, one of the two sex-determining chromosomes in humans, has become increasingly popular for scientists studying chromosome inactivation, the mosaic expression of genes in females and the genetics of sex differences. Researchers at the University of Helsinki, joining this wave of X chromosome investigations, have founding a correlation between the X chromosome and human height. This correlation may explain the height difference in females and males.


Sochi officials bolster security for the long run

The Sochi Winter Olympics has finally begun to snowball as Norway takes the lead in gold medals after their outstanding performance in the 15 kilometer biathlon. The excitement pulled the viewers’ attention off of something that concerned many before the events started: security.


Adolescent marijuana inhalation proven to affect unexposed progeny

The once shy and mellow marijuana plant has been thrust center stage of America’s political arena in the ever-polarizing legalization debate. Everyone and their grandmother is in possession of an opinion; however, the cold hard scientific research with regards to marijuana’s health implications is lacking in comparison to other commonly known recreational drugs. Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are looking to change that reality.