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The Origin of the Nucleus: The Discovery of a Cellular Fossil

The Origin of the Nucleus: The Discovery of a Cellular Fossil

Photo courtesy of Ellie Gabriel Our archaeological record of evolution is dotted with a few key events, such as life’s emergence from water to land and the emergence of functional wings on birds. However, one of the most fundamental evolutionary

How to Starve a Parasite: Exploring the relationship between host metabolism and infectious disease

How to Starve a Parasite: Exploring the relationship between host metabolism and infectious disease

When you are sick, do you ever lose your appetite? Your favorite meal suddenly seems less exciting, and you can’t taste the difference between cookies and cardboard. It turns out, there may be an evolutionary reason for this. Researchers at

Stressed Out: How bacteria work together to form deadly biofilms

Stressed Out: How bacteria work together to form deadly biofilms

When threatened, bacterial cells come together to build a city. This city contains many multi-storied apartments. It has intersecting channels and canals that allow for materials to flow in and out. Yet, they are only made when bacteria, which are

What Turns Schizophrenia into Psychosis? A Clue Hidden in the Brain’s Circuitry

What Turns Schizophrenia into Psychosis? A Clue Hidden in the Brain’s Circuitry

Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren’t there; mistrusting others for no reason; or thinking that you’re someone other than yourself: these can be some of the debilitating symptoms of psychosis. In certain cases, schizophrenic patients can become psychotic, but

Locally Sourced: What Comes First, Division or Differentiation?

Locally Sourced: What Comes First, Division or Differentiation?

Every year, high school seniors face the daunting task of deciding what to do after they graduate. Those who chose to further their education must decide where to go to college. After that, more questions arise. What will you major

Synap Into Place: Revealing the mechanism of vesicle pooling at the synapse

Synap Into Place: Revealing the mechanism of vesicle pooling at the synapse

There’s an old saying that “a common man marvels at uncommon things, while a wise man marvels at the commonplace.” For both the common and the wise man, nothing is more commonplace nor more worthy of marvel than one’s own

Pass the Lipids: Uncovering the link between lipid transport and neurodegenerative disease

Pass the Lipids: Uncovering the link between lipid transport and neurodegenerative disease

The fundamental building block of life is the cell, but that doesn’t mean that cells themselves are static members of a bigger being. Rather, cells are like tiny little factories that perform specific tasks and manufacture different products: fat cells

Powered by the Sun: How surface properties of an iron ore affect solar fuel efficiency

Powered by the Sun: How surface properties of an iron ore affect solar fuel efficiency

Though the earth’s remaining stores of nonrenewable energy sources like fossil fuels are becoming less abundant, the deleterious effects of these energy sources are not similarly diminishing. As a result, the search for renewable energy sources has burgeoned over the

Secrets of Mosquito Spit: Salivary gland protein mosGILT has anti-malarial therapeutic potential

Secrets of Mosquito Spit: Salivary gland protein mosGILT has anti-malarial therapeutic potential

If you have ever been bitten by a mosquito, you might already know that the red bump on your skin is your body’s immune response to the injected mosquito saliva. It turns out that when mosquitoes land on you, they

A Tale of Ice and Snow

A Tale of Ice and Snow

Understanding Cloud Behavior through Computational Modeling On some days during the coldest months of winter, we are greeted by fluffy snow falling from the sky when we venture outside. On other days, it’s rain or an unpleasant combination of freezing