Implications of Impella: Rethinking Treatments for Cardiogenic Shock

Implications of Impella: Rethinking Treatments for Cardiogenic Shock

Image courtesy of Noora Said. More than one million Americans have a heart attack each year. Four to twelve percent of these patients develop cardiogenic shock a condition that prevents one’s heart from pumping the blood necessary to meet the

Let Them Grow: Scientists Discover Novel Way to Produce Valuable Nanomaterials

Let Them Grow: Scientists Discover Novel Way to Produce Valuable Nanomaterials

Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Increasingly today, nanotechnology is coming into our lives, allowing us to design more efficient batteries, build lightweight vehicles, and even administer needleless vaccines. However, a major barrier to accessing the full potential of nanoscale materials

Analyzing Autoinducer-3: A Path to a Better Understanding of Critical Bacteria

Analyzing Autoinducer-3: A Path to a Better Understanding of Critical Bacteria

Image courtesy of Jason Crawford. Escherichia coli is a dominant bacterial member of the human intestinal tract and a major model organism in biology. Some members of E. coli contribute to a healthy gut ecosystem, whereas others are pathogens causing

Tectonic Plate Deformation: Weaker Material in Older Plates May Cause Increased Deformation

Tectonic Plate Deformation: Weaker Material in Older Plates May Cause Increased Deformation

Image courtesy of Jennifer Girard. Tectonic plates and subducting slabs, portions of tectonic plates that have slid under other plates, hold the secrets to the movement of land masses. Previous evidence showed that older slabs, which are colder and supposedly

Micro Molecule, Huge Impact: How microRNAs Inhibit Asthmatic Reactions

Micro Molecule, Huge Impact: How microRNAs Inhibit Asthmatic Reactions

Image courtesy of Bruce Blaus. Despite its name, microRNA helps the body on a macro scale. The small molecule, only about 22 nucleotides long, plays an important role in the regulation of gene expression by binding to mRNA at certain points in its

The Duality of the Ebola Virus: How a Deadly Viral Infection Can be Harnessed for Healing

The Duality of the Ebola Virus: How a Deadly Viral Infection Can be Harnessed for Healing

Scientists have recently been exploring the potential of utilizing the deadly Ebola virus as a potential treatment against brain tumors. Through testing three chimeric variations of the Ebola virus on severe combined immunodeficient (SCID) mice, it was found that the Ebola virus may be a safe and effective way to protect brain cells while killing tumor cells.

The Evolution of Sex: More Gay After All

The Evolution of Sex: More Gay After All

Image courtesy of Jee & Nani Nature Photograph 2016. Ever heard of damselflies engaging in same-sex behavior? It turns out many different animals, from birds to mammals to even insects, display same-sex behavior (SSB). However, since SSB reduces the production

Explaining Extinction: What Happened 66 Million Years Ago

Explaining Extinction: What Happened 66 Million Years Ago

Image courtesy of Peter Arnold, Inc., National Geographic. Geologists have long debated the primary driver of the mass extinction which occurred more than sixty-six million years ago. Until recently, the discussion had consistently bounced between two dominant hypotheses: extraterrestrial impacts

Calculating Our Real Carbon Footprint

Calculating Our Real Carbon Footprint

Image courtesy of Ellie Gabriel. It has become increasingly clear that greenhouse gas emissions are contributing to an unsustainable future. In the United States, environmentally extended input/output analysis (EEIO) has been used to track environmental footprints, but this method has

What Pregnancy Can Tell Us About Cancer: The Evolutionary Link between Embryo Implantation and Tumor Growth

What Pregnancy Can Tell Us About Cancer: The Evolutionary Link between Embryo Implantation and Tumor Growth

Image courtesy of Pexels.com. When evolutionary biologist Günter Wagner was still a child in Vienna, he watched a documentary on the Lipizzaner horses used in his city’s famous horse-riding academy. As he later learned, these horses were prone to developing