Category: 2011

Quantum Dots: the Good, the Bad, and the…

By Wes Smith May 25, 2011 The movie title The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is often used to retrospectively detail the complexity of past situations. One emerging field that has potential for this title is nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is

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Seeing Mountains on Molehills: How Shoreline Terrain Affects Seagrasses

By Mike Hannam May 11, 2011 Coastal ecosystems provide critical food production, habitat, and nurseries for the world’s oceans. In these ecosystems, seagrasses play an important role in providing these services. Living at the margin between land and sea, these

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Length Changes in Alaskan Salmon: are we Catching all the Big Fish?

By Neala Kendall May 11, 2011 Sport fishermen and fisherwomen target the big fish. Similarly, commercial fisheries are thought to select big fish. If we catch all the big fish before they spawn, does this mean that the remaining fish

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Gene Therapy: the Future of Medicine?

By Julie Shi April 27, 2011  Today’s drugs only treat the symptoms of disease rather than the causes. Gene therapy can treat these causes, thereby potentially revolutionizing the future of medicine. By engineering synthetic viruses for gene therapy, we can

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Shining a Light on Protein Shapes

By Andy McMillian April 27, 2011 Proteins are responsible for most biological functions, and understanding their shape can tell about how they work (or don’t work in the case of illnesses). A common way of studying proteins is to look

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Pin the Tail on the Donkey: Finding the Ankle Joint in Prosthetic Feet

By Andrew Sawers April 13, 2011 Compared to the anatomical foot and ankle, many prosthetic feet are designed without a moving ankle joint. This makes it very difficult to evaluate their performance characteristics and accurately prescribe them to meet the

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Making Pictures of Numbers: the Invention, Use, and Misuse of Graphs

By Melissa Clarkson March 30, 2011 We see graphs everywhere: in newspapers, in magazines, on the evening news, and on the web. Because graphs are so common today, it is difficult to image how we would understand data without them.

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Using the Science of Marijuana to Improve Treatments for Disorders of Body and Mind

By Will Marrs March 16, 2011 In addition to its well-known status as a recreational drug, marijuana (cannabis) also has a long and impressive history of medical usage. Cannabis was used as medicine by societies around the world for thousands

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Neuroscience on a Chip

By Jonathan Cheng March 16, 2011 Computers have undergone a revolution in the past half century — they have gotten faster and can process more information in a shorter amount of time. Now, imagine a revolution like this happening in

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The Usual Suspects: Investigating the Causes of Observed Climate Variability and Change

By Brian Smoliak March 2, 2011 Faced with the spectre of a warmer world, pervasive environmental change and associated ecological stresses, global political leaders tasked scientists with the challenge of assessing the evolving state of the Earth’s climate system, projecting

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