Month: August 2017

Underground Science at SNOLAB

Underground Science at SNOLAB

The best models of how our world works are incomplete. Though they accurately describe much of what Mother Nature has thrown at us, models represent just the tip of the full iceberg and a deeper understanding awaits the endeavoring scientist. Peeling back the layers of the…

One in a Million: The Importance of Cellular Heterogeneity and the Power of Single Cell Sequencing

One in a Million: The Importance of Cellular Heterogeneity and the Power of Single Cell Sequencing

One of the most overwhelming aspects of modern-day biomedical research is the overarching heterogeneity that consumes all realms of biology. Ranging from cell to cell to human to human, we have become increasingly aware of the important differences that drive divergent responses to therapeutics and…

The Ethics of Open Access: Is Pirating the Best Path?

The Ethics of Open Access: Is Pirating the Best Path?

  Alexandra Elbakyan will go down in history as the mastermind of Sci-Hub and perhaps as a champion for open access research. Sci-Hub is an online repository of pirated research articles that enables scholars to access millions of articles free of charge.  Elbakyan founded Sci-Hub…

Nanotechnology in Your Sunscreen: Doing More Harm than Good?

Nanotechnology in Your Sunscreen: Doing More Harm than Good?

While soaking in the sunshine may feel good, and you may have heard about solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation harm, you may not be aware of what’s in your sunscreen. Lee Hong explored the benefits of sunscreen in his post on The Pipettepen, and today, we…

Getting the Whole Picture: Increasing Diversity in Medical Research

Getting the Whole Picture: Increasing Diversity in Medical Research

Every medication for every ailment, from headaches to heart disease, goes through clinical trials before it becomes available to patients. Clinical research is necessary to determine whether potential new drugs are effective and safe to use, and those that are get the seal of approval…

Think Before You Drink

Think Before You Drink

You see them at restaurants, grocery stores, and parties. In your fridge, in your cupboard, and on TV. In city streets and in the trash. And most likely, you’ve never paid attention to them. Every bottle of alcohol you’ve seen since 1988 has had a…

H What N What? A Designer Protein Hits the Science Runway

H What N What? A Designer Protein Hits the Science Runway

Influenza is a virus that straddles two worlds: that of the past and that of the future. Responsible for more deaths than HIV/AIDS in the past century, the flu is one of the world’s’ most dangerous infectious diseases though it may not seem so, especially…

Spice is Nice (for Birds)

Spice is Nice (for Birds)

My labmate was having a problem one morning – a fuzzy, gluttonous problem. To help keep her indoor cat entertained during her time at work, she thought it was a great idea to set up a bird feeder. Being so close to the woods, surely…