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Metal use in Lyme disease bacteria could lead to future treatments

By | Mar 25, 2013

Bacteria form a very diverse group of organisms, from the harmless ones in our digestive tract and on our skin that make up 90% of our cells to the ones everyone hears about that cause nasty infections or even death. Antibiotics can often eliminate a bacterial infection, but in other cases, alternate intervention is necessary.…

Voyager 1 still in solar system… for now

By | Mar 22, 2013

Anyone on Twitter today and yesterday may have seen the myriad tweets about Voyager 1 finally leaving the solar system 35 years after its launch. Despite the studies released that confirmed this, scientists in the program said that it can’t be confirmed that it has indeed left. Voyager 1, along with its sister craft Voyager…

Raising the dead… sort of: Scientists revive extinct frog species

By | Mar 20, 2013

Despite what Casper may have suggested, it’s still not possible at this time to resurrect the dead beyond resuscitating someone whose heart stopped. However, scientists have been able to bring back a species of frog that has been extinct since the 1980s through cloning processes and DNA that has been frozen since the 1970s. The…

Coronaviruses a continuing concern for medical professionals

By | Mar 18, 2013

Ask any person on the street about coronaviruses, and the chances will be pretty good that they don’t know what you’re talking about. However, chances are also pretty good that they’ll have had one before, as coronaviruses are one of the leading causes of the common cold, and our pets are often vaccinated against them.…

March 14th a momentous day in math, food, and physics

By | Mar 15, 2013

Today may seem like just an average March day, but to the science community, it represents the celebrations of a critical number, a world-renowned scientist, and today the confirmation of a particle that is responsible for giving matter its mass. Depending on how people write their dates, Pi(e) Day could be January 3 at 4:19…

Drug-resistant “superbugs” a global concern

By | Mar 13, 2013

It seems as though sickness is part of the school experience, even in college. The flu ran rampant through the country this past winter and claimed at least one of my neighbors, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the sore throat I’m currently nursing was a product of exposure at school. If it is indeed…

March already a revolutionary month for HIV research

By | Mar 11, 2013

It seems as though March has just started, and in the 10 days we’ve had so far, two groundbreaking studies regarding HIV have been released. Last week, a Mississippi child born with HIV was deemed “functionally cured” after tests showed there was no replicating virus in the child’s system a year after ending treatment. This…

Mitochondria provide link to our distant ancestry

By | Mar 8, 2013

Anyone who has taken (or is taking) 200s-level genetics at Ithaca College will be familiar with the mtDNA experiment in lab. While the collection, amplification, and purification of the DNA is a tedious process, the results from processing at Cornell could tell you how close your genes are to a person in another country, a…

Long-form science coverage takes many forms

By | Mar 5, 2013

Last post, I introduced some of social media’s coverage of science as a way to provide the everyday person with an easily accessible version of science happenings. Many of these are created with the intent to pique the interests of readers who may not have an existing affinity for science. For those whose interests have…

Social media a good place for Science Fun 101

By | Mar 3, 2013

Science can be scary. Even as a biology minor wanting to pursue science journalism, I’m a little intimidated by the ideas of quantum physics, thermochemistry, or developmental psychology. Unfortunately, it’s the stigma that science is hard that keeps a lot of people out of it, and once they’re out, it’s difficult to get them back…

NASA search for life continues through budget cuts

By | Feb 28, 2013

Despite having been placed on the governmental back burner due to lack of funding, NASA and its work in space research has continued to be a hot topic. For the 2012 fiscal year, the space administration was allotted $17.8 billion in government funding, $648 million less than the previous year. This budget cut was largely…

Punk rock band triumphs with percussive tunes

By | Jan 22, 2013

Irish punk rock band, the Dropkick Murphys, channels their signature rowdy style in their new album, “Signed and Sealed in Blood.”