Detecting Exoplanet Atmospheres From Afar

By Nandita HariGuest Contributor Humans have always been fascinated with the vastness of the universe and its hidden truths. For ages we have tried to explore and study the sky. The earliest study of the sky involved using the positions of stars to navigate the seas. Slowly, solar and lunar cycles were observed, planets and […]

Gaming Toward a Healthier Life?

In the United States, young men who have sex with men (MSM) are at higher risk for being infected with HIV, and are experiencing problems at various stages of HIV care, including getting on medication, staying on medication, and treating their HIV effectively. There is a large need for interventions tailored specifically to young MSM […]

Cave Bears Probably Did Eat Their Vegetables

Modern bears, while typically thought of as carnivores, actually have a wide variety of dietary preferences. Some eat only meat while others are omnivores, meaning that they eat both meat and vegetation. Cave bears (Ursus spelaeus), an extinct bear species from Europe, are thought to be omnivorous. However, scientists assumed this based on the diets […]

Reprogramming Neurons to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

The story is all too familiar: promising effects are shown in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease – providing hope for patients, physicians, and researchers alike – only to move on to clinical trials and fail to show any beneficial effects in humans. The drugs intepirdine and solanezumab are recent examples of the limitations of animals […]

Smart Pill Bottle Caps to Protect Curious Kids

There’s no shelf too high or a bottle too tight that can kill a child’s curiosity. For all the cushioned furniture corners and safety gates that parents install to child-proof their homes, the safe storage of medicines out of a child’s sight and reach is grossly neglected. According to a recent report by Safe Kids […]

Friends to Foes: When a Symbiont Becomes a Parasite

We’ve all heard that rising global temperatures are bad for the environment. Typically, this is framed in terms of rising sea levels and melting Arctic and Antarctic ice and a host of other ecosystem level changes. Sometimes though, the ways these changes affect organisms are more difficult to understand. For years, coral reefs have been […]

One Man’s Waste Soot is Another Man’s Rechargeable Battery

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are important in our lives as we use them frequently in our smartphones, laptops, tablets, power tools, and electric vehicles. They are even used to help power the Mars Curiosity rover! Typically, graphite, the form of carbon found in pencils, is commonly used as an active anode material in lithium-ion batteries. In […]