The Case for “Mental Cases”: Slashing Stigmas and Redefining Discourse  

Sometimes, it is not until you experience something for yourself that you truly realize all of its challenges. For those living with a mental illness, one of the many challenges is dealing with the stigma of being labeled as such. Whether it is an anxiety disorder, a mood disorder, or an eating disorder, an association […]

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 […]

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 […]

Springtime Sadness

  Spring·time sadness noun \ˈspriŋ-ˌtīm ˈsad ˈne-ss\ : allergies that occur during the season of spring Examples of SPRINGTIME SADNESS  1: Watch out for: Sneezing Runny Nose Wheezing Urticaria Excess Catarrh Anaphylactic Shock (Breathing Difficulty) Edema Heart Failure  2: AKA Allergies Used in a Sentence:     She got that Springtime Sadness! First Known Use of SPRINGTIME   […]

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 […]

Will TIME’s Next Person of the Year Be Sponsored by Red Bull?

As we speak, the editors from TIME magazine are once again convening to determine who the Person of the Year will be. Intended to identify the person who has most influenced the news, previous winners include such names as Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, and current president Barack Obama. You might recall that last […]

Saucy: The Science Behind Why Sex Sells

Not too long ago, Abercrombie and Fitch was the hot product on every teenager from New York to Tupelo. The brand, like so many others before it, was the favored brand among teens and 20-somethings. Then, the bottom fell out of everything with the economy. Instead of every teenager dreaming of a fat wallet and […]

New Information Could Lead to an Image Reconstruction of a Suspect’s Face Based on DNA

One day, police may be able to actually to reconstruct a suspect’s face simply from samples of their DNA. This prospect is drawing nearer due to the recent identification of five genes that contribute to facial features and structures. There are already tests for predicting hair, eye, and skin color, based on DNA sampling; however, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Research May Have Solved the Stonehenge Mystery

Researcher’s think they may have finally unearthed the truth behind Stonehenge, and it has nothing to do with extra-terrestrials. After 10 years of archaeological investigations surrounding the history of England’s most important prehistoric structure, researcher’s now theorize that Stonehenge was built as a monument to unify the people of Britain.  Archaeological teams from surrounding universities […]

Prenatal Screening: is too much knowledge unethical?

Over the past decade a wave of prenatal medical research has given people a plethora of tests that will teach them more about their unborn child.  Until recently these tests have been constrained to only testing for life-threatening diseases.  Now, however, the gates are beginning to open for prenatal screening, and many non-invasive procedures that […]