BIOLOGY

The Potentially Immortal Turritopsis Dohrnii: the secret to living forever

Humans have for ages been fascinated by the idea of prolonging one’s life and the concept of eternal existence and immortality. It might just be that the answer to those fantasies can be found right in our oceans, where a tiny, inconspicuous creature lives, that might help us to understand what it takes to live forever.

Julia Wojas- October 2, 2022

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TECHNOLOGY

Tardigrades- Animals Full of Surprises

Thought to have the ability to survive global mass extinction, tardigrades are one of the most indestructable creatures on the planet. Extreme radiation exposure, unsurvivable temperature or starvation is nothing but a breeze for a tardigrade. Can we implement these fascinating survival skills into humans? Can these creatures survive exposure to outer space itself?…

Maya Komar-Fletcher- September 26, 2022

PSYCHOLOGY

ADHD in Children

ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in children. Boys are more likely to have it than girls. It’s usually spotted during elementary school time when a child begins to have problems paying attention. 

Melten Safarli- September 26, 2022

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TECHNOLOGY

What are Light Fields and How Are They Related to Machine Learning?

Light fields describe the amount of light flowing in every direction through every point in 3D space. In other words, this can be interpreted as many cameras taking photos of the same scene at different perspective views. Thus, light fields are technically a collection of photos/images taken at different angles. Light fields hold more information than a singular image, which is useful for many applications.

Julia Huang- September 18, 2022

BIOLOGY

Mood Swings

Why do we experience intense fluctuations of emotion and rapid change in our emotional state? Does our diet, stress, weather, use of substance, issues in sleep schedule, trauma or other factors affect why we feel this way? Learn about what mood swings are and the reason behind them in this insight into the inner workings of our psyche.

Melten Safarli- September 15, 2022

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BIOLOGY

The Use of Functional MRI for Detecting Lies: Exploring the Limitations of Neurolaw Studies

Behind every word men utter, there is a complex series of processing and integrating information in the brain. For more than a decade, scientists have been exploring the method of using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans to detect lies. Despite the growing influence of neuroscience in the legal sphere and its potential for juror-decision making, the use of fMRI scans as a testament for or against the defendant exposes the private, internal state of individuals. This article discusses the values and limitations of the use of fMRI scans to detect lies, a piece of potent evidence that could turn the course of a jury trial. The neural mechanism of how fMRI detects lies will be first explored, which is in tandem compared to the traditional lie detector, polygraph, demonstrating the prospects of using fMRI in forensic cases. The limitations of fMRI will be then discussed with reference to the validity of the experiments raised, the psychology of criminals, and the structure of the society.

BIOLOGY

Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

From time to time, we see something that affects us and we can’t forget it. Sadly, PTSD is way worse than that. If you see the symptoms in yourself or in the people that you know, it’s very important to seek professional help or just simply get more knowledge about PTSD. Now, let’s start with the question “What’s PTSD?”

Melten Safarli- September  15, 2022

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Adam Ho- September 4, 2022

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BIOLOGY

Dangers of Stroke During Cardiovascular Open Heart Surgery and Preventive Precautions 

Open Heart Surgery is a high risk procedure that involves cutting open the cardio to fix the issues within it.  Complications of the surgery can result in permanent disabilities if not proceeded carefully. One of the most dangerous complications after cardiac surgery is the possibility of stroke. This is a symptom that can cause brain death and paralyzation of the body for the remainder of the individuals lifetime. However, this devastating complication can be prevented if careful precautions are taken. To prevent stroke from occurring during cardiovascular open heart surgery, cardiologists can tighten control of blood pressure and monitor blood flow to the brain during surgery.

Jamie Lin - August 8, 2022

BIOLOGY

The Scope of Neuroplasticity on Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Contrary to what was once popular belief, our daily experiences largely impact our neural network and brain structure, even through adulthood. Although our genes are responsible for a “first draft” of the brain, this is frequently revised and edited throughout our lives by the experiences we have. This brings us to the topic of neuroplasticity

Shreya Shiju- May 11, 2022

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