Month: July 2016

The End of A Planetary Road Trip

The End of A Planetary Road Trip

Recently, NASA’s JUNO spacecraft slowed down by 1,212 miles per hour in a carefully coordinated 35 minute maneuver. This slowdown is similar to you slamming on the brakes to stop your car on the highway in 2 seconds. Braking to the exact right speed allowed…

Is Better Hygiene Causing More Allergies?

Is Better Hygiene Causing More Allergies?

If you follow the sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’, you would probably remember how Howard gobbled peanuts to hide his friend from a surprise birthday party, even though he was allergic.  Though it was hilarious, allergies are a serious health issue! Allergies are a growing…

“Biggest Loser” Weight Loss Woes

“Biggest Loser” Weight Loss Woes

Contestants on the TV show “The Biggest Loser” may not be “losers” after all. A recent study of Season Six contestants has revealed that six years after the show ended, most of the participants regained a substantial amount of weight. For those unfamiliar with the…

Ready to Take a Dip in a Pool? Wait…

Ready to Take a Dip in a Pool? Wait…

This summer, you may be thinking of having fun with friends in a swimming pool or relaxing in a spa. However, facing the clear and inviting water of the pool, you may want to know: what’s really in the water you are about to get…

Beating Cancer by Releasing the Brakes

Beating Cancer by Releasing the Brakes

Former President Jimmy Carter was diagnosed with stage IV malignant melanoma in 2015, an aggressive form of cancer that spread to his liver and his brain.  Until recently, this would have been a death sentence.  However, after surgery, radiation therapy, and a new type of…

Nanomedicine: How Much Are We Willing to Pay?

Nanomedicine: How Much Are We Willing to Pay?

In 2013, cancer affected approximately 14 million people in the United States, and its  direct medical costs were almost $75 billion, making cancer a devastating disease from both the human and financial perspectives. Nanotechnology may offer some relief, but at what cost?  

Will We Ever Cure Cancer?

Will We Ever Cure Cancer?

The taxi driver went quiet, as if lost in thought. I waited, kept patient by that mysterious gut feeling that someone is about to say something. “Tell me, why haven’t we cured cancer yet?” Conversations about what I do often lead to this question –…

Kites Reveal Clues about Coastal Change

Kites Reveal Clues about Coastal Change

This summer, an afternoon spent flying kites at the beach will be just another day at work for some researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Now that classes are out of session, Elsemarie deVries and Evan Goldstein don their sandals and…