Normal Weight Obesity: When Looks Can be Deceiving

In U.S. adults alone, more than two thirds of the population is overweight or obese. With higher rates observed in African-American women than Caucasian women and in the South than the North, obesity varies among demographics but remains a public health concern nationwide. Far less known, although sharing similar concerns, is a condition called normal […]

IBM’s New “Brain” Chip May Lead to Advanced AI

The far fetched dream of advanced artificial intelligence and computing may not be as far off as we used to think thanks to a new incredibly powerful prototype chip IBM unveiled Thursday.  The chip is designed with the human brain in mind, since the human brain considered the most powerful and efficient processing system in […]

New Australian HIV-killing Condoms May Become a Reality Soon

As we’re all (hopefully) aware, condoms do a pretty commendable job preventing STDs and an accidental baby. However, when it comes to preventing pregnancy and sexual infections, a condom pre-coated in antiviral gel that can kill up to 99.9% of HIV, genital herpes, and human papillomavirus infections sounds like a great improvement that nobody should […]

People Would Rather Shock Themselves Than be Alone With Their Thoughts

Amidst all that is our busy lives, what with all our work, family, and hobbies to attend to, it may have crossed your mind that at least you, if not everyone would like some down time to themselves, to just ponder alone in their thoughts.  However, according to a study from the University of Virginia […]

Flesh Eating Spiders

While there are plenty of insect eating spiders out there in the world, there happen to be spiders out there made out of the stuff of nightmares.  Flesh eating spiders.  Specifically, fish, not people.  While most spiders opt for smaller prey, there are a few fish eating species out there that can eat prey twice […]

Teleportation, Science Fiction Without the Fiction

At TU Delft, a university in the Netherlands, have successfully sent quantum data, a single qubit, via teleportation.  While teleportation of people and things is still only for the imagination, scientists managed to spirit the qubit across a distance of three meters. In a paper titled, “Unconditional quantum teleportation between distant solid-state quantum bits”, recently […]

Narcolepsy Surgery

Four years of nightly seizures have driven Rachel Vella to what many people consider their last resort, brain surgery. 2 years ago up pinpointing the problem was almost impossible but now with emerging imaging technology it is possible.”the development of a world-first brain imaging analysis technique, led by Florey Professor Graeme Jackson and PhD student […]

Scientists Discover the First Gravitational Wave

Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have recently announced that they completed the first detection of a gravitational wave in our universe. The report is still awaiting peer review, but if confirmed, this will be one of the most important discoveries in scientific history. In Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, which he published in 1905, […]

One Out of Four Americans Think The Sun Revolves Around The Earth

A recent study by the National Science Board shows that one out of four Americans think that the Sun revolves around the Earth. Unfortunately, this disturbing example of scientific illiteracy is but one statistic amongst a national trend of ignorance. According to the survey, only 38% of Americans think that our universe started with a […]

Zombie Apocalypse: possible, not quite plausible

You can tell a lot about people from their ability to hold a semi-serious conversation about the zombie apocalypse. Humor, intelligence, ethics, and most importantly, whether or not they would be someone that could help you survive all can all be derived from these exchanges. Weighing your post Z-Day choices against survival and personal morality […]

Reality TV in Space: How Much Drama Could Mars Handle?

NASA’s successful landing of the U.S. Mars Rover, Curiosity, has reignited the dream to put men on the distant red planet, and consequently refueled the space race between global superpowers. President Obama has already announced that the U.S. plans to have men on Mars by 2030, but a Dutch start-up has said it plans to […]

As Athletes Reach Their Physical Peaks, Science and Technology Help Olympians Win Gold Medals

Humans are neither the fastest nor strongest species. However, unlike the lower animals, we have the knowledge necessary to better ourselves physically. The human itch for competition and our need for self-improvement spawned events like the Olympics. Coaches developed training regimens based on intuition and athletes succeeded through sheer power of will. But as records […]

Intelligent Textbook Helps Students Learn

One of my biggest pet peeves when studying is when I come across a word I don’t know, and the context of the sentence, paragraph, passage, what have you, is completely lost on me.  As biology student this occurrence is opt to happen more than I would like to admit (but really, how am I […]

Successful ‘Curiosity’ Landing May Lead to a Resurge in Astronauts

On early Monday NASA’s rover, Curiosity, successfully landed on Mars, marking a paramount accomplishment in science and technology.  The 2,000 pound car-sized rover traveled 352 million miles to land in the pinpoint location of Gale Crater, a feat never before accomplished and, depending on the discoveries Curiosity turns up, may lead to manned-spacecraft missions to […]

Myths, Misconceptions and Paranormal Phenomena

Wake up people, it is the 21st century! With all the technology in today’s world, it baffles me how people still do not believe in science. Over the past 10 years, myths and paranormal phenomena such as Big foot, the Loch Ness Monster, existence of ghosts, UFO’s and especially, real-life vampires, have been clouding our […]

How Video Games have Opened Your Thinking

(Source) How many of us have found ourselves stuck in a dream, wishing we could control what was happening? How many of us have found we could? The concept of lucid dreaming is an old one, but so is the idea that what happens during our day often finds its way into our REM state. […]

New Moon Refuels the Pluto Debate

The discovery of a fifth moon orbiting around Pluto gives hope to some in the battle to regain this dwarf planet’s once planetary status. Now able to brag five identified satellites, Pluto has more moons than any of the inner four planets combined.  The newly discovered moon, temporarily named P5, was discovered while were attempting […]

A Future With Potable Water For All?

Two scientists out of MIT have theorized a better way to desalinize water—remove the salt ions from salt water—that could make the 97 percent of Earth’s water found in its oceans and seas potable to drink. Earth can desalinify water through the natural process of evaporation and condensation, however this process takes time and often […]

Paradox: Indoor AC Cooling is Causing Global Warming

There’s no question about it; this summer is hot.  And while I may sit here typing in an apartment, sweltering in thick air uncooled by any device, I know for a fact that my little window AC unit is going to be working hard to keep me nice cool tonight.  That, however, is the problem.  […]

New Plastic-Eating Fungus Provides Hope for the Future

A new species of fungi discovered in the Ecuadorian Amazon has shown the ability to degrade polyurethane plastics. The species Pestalotiopsis microspora seems to enjoy eating plastic, and is even able to survive eating only polyurethane plastic.  The species is also able to degrade plastic in an anaerobic environment, which bodes well for implications of placing the […]