by Dominika Trzilova on December 12, 2018

You have probably never met anyone suffering from sleeping sickness, a potentially fatal condition. This is because the disease, also called African Trypanosomiasis, is only present in certain regions of sub-Saharan Africa. While the number of human cases has dropped … Continue reading

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by Kasey Skinner on December 9, 2018

Any scientist knows the importance of a good negative control. A negative control in an experiment is a group of samples or subjects in which no response is expected to an experimental treatment. The experimental group can then be compared … Continue reading

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by Eva Vitucci on December 3, 2018

As of Friday November 16, 2018, California was home to the three most polluted cities in the world. These three cities – San Francisco, Stockton, and Sacramento – topped the world’s chart of polluted cities as a result of the … Continue reading

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by Allison Lacko November 5, 2018

This election cycle, North Carolinians will be voting on six constitutional amendments, one of which is the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment. The amendment would upgrade hunting and fishing to a constitutional right, designating “public hunting and fishing [to] … Continue reading

by Kathy Do

For better or for worse, some of our most vivid memories are the ones we made as a teenager. Memories of questionable fashion choices, high school cliques, and many faux pas certainly reinforce just how tumultuous the adolescent years were. … Continue reading

by Samantha Stadmiller October 30, 2018

“Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” This timeless expression first appeared in a 1911 Syracuse Post Standard newspaper article. If you ask Mohamad Elgendi, he’ll say it’s more like 10000 words, based on how fast our mind processes … Continue reading

by Yael Escobar October 29, 2018

What do you imagine when you think of the desert? I grew up in the desert and I think of dry hot days and clear cool nights. I think of my home town where mountains and a vast sky surround … Continue reading

by Rashmi Kumar October 26, 2018

As a cancer researcher, I often wonder about patients after their ordeal with cancer. How does the body change after facing a life-threatening illness? Do cells in our body hold the memory of disease in some way? Survivorship is a … Continue reading

by Rachel Cherney October 23, 2018

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 … Continue reading

by Gabrielle Budziszewski October 22, 2018

Earwax stickiness. Neanderthal ancestry. Caffeine metabolism. Tasting soap when you eat cilantro. Direct-to-consumer genotyping companies like 23andme boast this kind of information in exchange for a tube of your finest spit and a chunk of change about equivalent to a … Continue reading

by David Abraham October 20, 2018

It’s time to wash your hands and help prevent the spread of flu, but when you put your hands under the automatic sink, nothing happens.  You give your hands a shake, praying the sink actually turns on.  You get frustrated, … Continue reading

by Breanna Turman October 10, 2018

Imagine a world without pizza, nachos, cheeseburgers, mozzarella sticks, macaroni and cheese; a world without cheese. Living in a world with thousands of cheeses from many countries and cultures, it is difficult to imagine there was a time in human … Continue reading

by Laetitia Meyrueix

Science is not just for scientists. There are ways for everyone to be involved and contribute, and citizen science is opening the door. Citizen science is defined by the involvement of the public in scientific research – through either community-driven … Continue reading