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Hot Wings: Drosophila wings that double as a taste organ and sexual circuitry

Hot Wings: Drosophila wings that double as a taste organ and sexual circuitry

There are only three kinds of organisms known to have wings that are functional for flights—birds, insects, and bats. Even today, wings are often thought of as nothing more than appendages allowing organisms to fly. However, in Drosophila melanogaster (fruit

It’s What’s on the Outside that Counts

It’s What’s on the Outside that Counts

When we think about disease, we often wonder what has changed insideaffected cells. Yet, perhaps taking a look at the surrounding environment is just as important. In the case of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a disease marked by thickening of the

Killing Cancerous Cells: Using Genetically Engineered T-Cells to Target Tumors

Killing Cancerous Cells: Using Genetically Engineered T-Cells to Target Tumors

Cancer is estimated to affect forty percent of individuals in the United States at some point in their lifetimes. Cancer is marked by rapid, unchecked cell growth and proliferation, which has led researchers to investigate and refine cytotoxic, or cell-killing,

Repairing Tissue with Sleeping Cells: How Stromal and Fibroblast Cocultures Encourage Blood Vessel Formation

Repairing Tissue with Sleeping Cells: How Stromal and Fibroblast Cocultures Encourage Blood Vessel Formation

Wound healing and tissue repair often require the growth of new tissue. However, the main issue with current methods of tissue engineering is developing an adequate vasculature network to support it. Newly created tissues require the growth of a robust

Next-Gen Robotics: Advancing Underwater Robotics

Next-Gen Robotics: Advancing Underwater Robotics

Roboticists have often found inspiration in the oldest innovator in the world, Mother Nature. Recently, scientists have been interested in a type of locomotion called phototaxis. Phototaxis is an organism’s response to light; it is the mechanism used by jellyfish

The Frogs in Your Suburb: Suburbanization increases the prevalence of deadly infections in frogs

The Frogs in Your Suburb: Suburbanization increases the prevalence of deadly infections in frogs

Since its rise in the 1950s, suburbanization has become a defining part of American culture, with fifty-two percent of Americans living in suburbs as of 2017. Despite their popularity, these seemingly picture-perfect neighborhoods are, in reality, fraught with a long

Cellular Forces Altering the Extracellular Matrix

Cellular Forces Altering the Extracellular Matrix

Through biophysics, a field that takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of biological processes, researchers have been able to make great progress in understanding cells, the building blocks of our lives. In studying the underlying biophysics and mechanics of

Changing A Memory: How Retroactive Interference Can Alter Memories

Changing A Memory: How Retroactive Interference Can Alter Memories

We typically give little thought to the objects we interact with daily, whether that be setting down a water bottle, putting on shoes, or grabbing a backpack. There are two contexts that surrounds these objects: mental and physical. The physical

Carbon-Based Inks: A Novel Approach to New Technologies

Carbon-Based Inks: A Novel Approach to New Technologies

As large cell phone manufacturers race to create commercially viable and widely adopted folding phones, several major barriers exist, including cost and robust circuitry. Recently, carbon-based conductive inks have been suggested as an alternative for these applications, but either their

No Filter: Microfluidics Makes Desalination Membrane-Free

No Filter: Microfluidics Makes Desalination Membrane-Free

Seven billion people share one percent of Earth’s water. What’s more worrisome: our demand for freshwater increases every day. Advances in desalination have promised access to the oceans’ vast supply, but the majority of desalination facilities burn fossil fuels and