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Why Do We Yawn?

Why Do We Yawn?

Why do we yawn? Why Do We… is a biweekly column written by Nicholas G Norwitz ’18. We all do it, that involuntary universal gesture of fatigue in which your mouth slowly opens and you give a deep noisy breath. Contrary to popular belief, a yawn does not significantly affect your […]

 
 

Why do we…

Why do we…

Science explanations for daily phenomenon. A biweekly column by Nicholas G. Norwitz ’18 Why do we cry when we chop onions? In the immortal words of Donkey, “ogres are like onions… they make you cry.” But unlike Shrek who might cause you to shed fearful emotional tears, onions cause you to cry “reflex tears.” […]

 
 

2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry:

2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry:

Mechanical Bonds and Molecular Machines  Nicholas G. Norwitz ’18 Perhaps you have learned about covalent bonds, ionic bonds, hydrogen bonds, dipole interactions, and even van der Waal forces, but what about mechanical bonds? The 2016 Nobel Prize for chemistry was awarded to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, and Bernard […]

 
 

A Calorie is Not Just a Calorie

A Calorie is Not Just a Calorie

Jennifer Zhao ’18 With the holiday season in swing, perhaps you’re thinking about the friends and family you will meet. Perhaps you’re thinking about the delectable food you will eat at parties. Perhaps you’re thinking farther ahead to the regrets you’ll have from overeating, and then you’ll make a New […]

 
 

We All Have Herpes

We All Have Herpes

Chicken Pox, Head Knots, and Underarm Spots– Did you know you have Herpes? By Nick Norwitz ’18 There is a herpes virus for everyone. From iguanas to harbor seals to humans, the herpes virus family has evolved to make a wide variety of organisms its home. Well over 95% of […]

 
 

Can Exercise Improve Your BRAIN??

Can Exercise Improve Your BRAIN??

Can Exercise Improve Your BRAIN?? By Nick Norwitz ’18 In our workaholic society, there exists a prevalent misconception: time spent taking care of one’s self is productive time lost. Ironically, this misconception is perhaps most pervasive in institutes of higher education. If you are not a student who would procrastinate […]

 
 

Why Do We Feel Awful When We’re Sick?

Why Do We Feel Awful When We're Sick?

Why Do We Feel Awful When We’re Sick? Jennifer Zhao ’18 A new study in Science has uncovered a molecular mechanism that explains why sick people experience foggy heads and fatigue, which scientists have collectively described as “sickness behavior.” While our body diverts energy to fight pathogens, our immune cells […]

 
 

Attenuating Growth in Developmentally-Disabled Children

Attenuating Growth in Developmentally-Disabled Children

A recent article in the New York Times (March 24, 2016) focuses on the contentious issue of the purposeful administration of estrogens to developmentally-disabled children to limit their growth, the rationale being they are easier to care for in adult life if they are smaller in size. Estrogen causes closure […]

 
 

Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy: Who, How and Should One?

Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy:  Who, How and Should One?

Though relatively rare, mutations in the mitochondrial genome (mtDNA) can cause some serious, progressive and often fatal diseases. Technical advances now permit replacement of these mutated mitochondria in the oocyte of the potential mother. A recent editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine (March 24, 2016) discusses the medical, […]

 
 

Zebrafish melanoma model reveals new insights into cancer

Zebrafish melanoma model reveals new insights into cancer

In an article published in Science (January 29) scientists in Boston led by Leonard Zon have made a discovery that could change the way one looks at the beginnings and evolution of cancer. Using a model of melanoma in the transparent zebrafish, they addressed the issue as to why do […]