Power in Numbers: The Growing Citizen Science Movement

People around the globe have been classifying galaxies, deciphering old weather records, and discovering exoplanets — all in their free time. The citizen science movement is revolutionizing the world of research, as crowdsourcing is becoming a valuable tool for scientists’ collaborations while allowing the public to try their hands at the scientific process.

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The Human Population Explosion

The world’s human population, once relatively constant at 300 million people, is currently expanding at a rate of 1.4 percent per year. This rapid rate of growth has serious ramifications for the environment and the future of humankind.

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Uncovering the Biochemical Basis of Depression

In a new correlation study, researchers in Professor Picciotto’s lab showed that individuals afflicted with depression have higher levels of acetylcholine in their brains. The researchers used mice to demonstrate the complexity of the pathways involved in depression, and their findings could give rise to more effective antidepressants.

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