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A glass of wine a day…does not keep the doctor away

A glass of wine a day…does not keep the doctor away

A review of 592 studies finds that a single standard drink of alcohol per day increases the risk for health problems.

Approaching an Energy Revolution

Approaching an Energy Revolution

Renewable energy has come a long way in the last 60 years. A major influencer was the OPEC crisis which led the U.S. government to a drastic change in energy policy. In general, carbon dioxide emissions are responsible for ocean acidification and an increase in…

The Scary Side of Sunscreen

The sun is shining and you’re about to make the responsible choice to slather on some sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful (but also warm and wonderful) UV rays. Even the smell of sunscreen elicits summertime nostalgia for many of us. However,…

Fun Facts about the Cutest Baby Animals of Spring, and how they Contribute to Science

Fun Facts about the Cutest Baby Animals of Spring, and how they Contribute to Science

Spring is officially here, so it’s time for some science about some of the most adorable baby animals. In my past training as an animal scientist at UC Davis, spring was largely marked by births within all the herds at our campus animal facilities. As…

Flossing your way to cancer

Toxins are everywhere these days. In your water, in your food, in your beauty products, in mostly everything you consume or surround yourself with. Most importantly, toxins are in the headlines. The media has done a great job sensationalizing many toxicology papers and creating eye-catching…

Biomimicry – Harnessing the Power of Nature

Biomimicry – Harnessing the Power of Nature

Have you ever marveled at a gecko climbing on glass? Or wondered why mosquito bites are painless unlike the injections we get at the doctor’s office? The natural world has developed some ingenious features during the ~3.8 billion years of its evolution. However, until quite…

Shrinking the Lab is not so Dinky

Shrinking the Lab is not so Dinky

When feeling under the weather, we commonly end up sitting in a doctor’s office chair. Blood and saliva samples are whisked away to a room filled with instruments, some as big as a washing machine. In this room technicians run a litany of tests that…

Nature’s perpetual role in the evolution of medicine

Nature’s perpetual role in the evolution of medicine

It was March 2019, I was at the end of my fourth year of graduate school, and finally taking a ‘real’ vacation. This meant I tried my best to unplug from the stresses of school by leaving my computer and scientific papers at home. I…

Could we rewrite the instructions for life?

Every living thing on earth is made from a genetic sequence that contains four different nitrogenous bases – adenine (A), guanine (G), cytosine (C) and thymine (T). You can think of these bases like letters in a language – different words arise depending on the…

March Madness Mayhem: Analyzing Performance Under Pressure

March Madness Mayhem: Analyzing Performance Under Pressure

March Madness has arrived, which means my alter ego – the one that worships Coach Roy Williams, mumbles curses against Zion, and says words like “offensive rebound percentage” – has officially been unleashed.  As I fervently check my NCAA bracket and get misty eyed at…