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I Smell Terribly (part I)

I Smell Terribly (part I)

A new study in Science shows that the human nose, long thought to be dull, can distinguish between one trillion (1 000 000 000 000) different scents. Not having one trillion different scents handy, researchers used the next best thing:  math. Just like there’s a limit to how similar to colors can be in order … Continue reading

Inheriting Life Experiences

Inheriting Life Experiences

The nature versus nurture debate has long been dead and buried. From the ashes arose a new preposition:  nature with nurture. While it is true that genes, the functional unit of DNA, are hereditary, what happens to those genes depends on environmental factors. Certain environments and experiences affect what happens to a gene and thereby … Continue reading

Milk of amnesia, no more

There is a common sedative called Propofol. It is strong, fast-acting, and allows a clear-headed recovery from its effects. It plays nicely with pain killers and is nonaddictive. Propofol d has an opaque whiteness that earned it the monicker “milk of amnesia” because it is widely used as a sedative and anesthetic. Yet when it’s given … Continue reading

Surprises in Science:  Experiment Gone Unexpectedly Right

Surprises in Science: Experiment Gone Unexpectedly Right

Sometimes in science, things don’t always go as planned. Often, this causes frustration, confusion, and funding woes. But other times, it leads you in a new, exciting direction. This is a story of the latter, a story that movies are based on. It details the pitfalls, the ingenuity, and the surprises common to scientific endeavors. On the surface, this article reads like a niche publication. But there is a thinly veiled story of surprise and seized opportunity underneath. Continue reading

Brains, lasers, and memories: oh my!

Brains, lasers, and memories: oh my!

Science is always cool. But sometimes, it’s cool enough to be mentioned in the New York Times, CNN, BBC, and every major news outlet. It takes a very special experiment to make that happen – combining sexy research methods with science fiction like applications. This is one of those papers. Ramirez and Liu et al. … Continue reading

Eye Yoga

Eye Yoga

My eyesight has always been suboptimal.  I received my first pair of glasses at the age of five after my first eye exam in kindergarten, when the eye exam attendant rhetorically exclaimed to my mother “how could you not know he can’t see out of his right eye?” My problem is that my left eye … Continue reading