Author: Rachel Cherney

What Determines Our Complexity?

What Determines Our Complexity?

What makes humans more complex than plants or bacteria? Surprisingly, it’s not how much DNA we have, but rather how much of our DNA doesn’t encode for protein – known as the non-coding genome.

Transforming Blood Transfusions

Transforming Blood Transfusions

Scientists have found a way for Type A blood cells to be transformed into Type O ‘universal donor’ blood cells which could be very useful for future blood transfusions.

New Year, New Earth? The Environment in 2019

New Year, New Earth? The Environment in 2019

2019, “new year, new me,” as they say. Many people have new goals; maybe they’ll read more, go to the gym more, or try to improve relationships. Whatever your New Year’s resolution, one goal everyone should have is to think about and care more for…

To Dye or Not To Dye

To Dye or Not To Dye

Dyeing hair is a common, but not recent, beauty practice. Hair dyeing (coloring) has been around for thousands of years, using plant-based dyes such as indigo and turmeric before synthetic dyes were invented. I recently wondered “What kind of science goes into modern hair coloring? What is the…

Minority Representation in STEM Fields

Minority Representation in STEM Fields

United States as a “Melting Pot” Indigenous peoples inhabited the land, that is now known as the US, many generations before Christopher Columbus arrived. These people were culturally and linguistically diverse and since the founding of the US in 1776, the number of languages, customs,…

Tardigrades! The Super-animal of the Animal Kingdom

Tardigrades! The Super-animal of the Animal Kingdom

Tardigrades, also known as waterbears or moss piglets, are microscopic invertebrates that “resemble a cross between a caterpillar and a naked mole rat,” according to science writer, Jason Bittel. First discovered almost 250 years ago, there are now over 1,000 known species of tardigrade that…