Night Owl Teenagers May be Predisposed to Allergies and Asthma

Many teenagers are night owls, meaning they sleep late at night and wake up late in the morning, but that is not necessarily an indicator of lack of sleep. However, a new study proposes that even with enough sleep, being a teenage night owl can predispose someone to asthma and allergies

The Importance of Sleep on the Cellular Level

A good night’s sleep will make anyone feel refreshed and ready to face the day ahead. Now, for the first time, scientists might know why. A new study by the University of Manchester has shown that sleeping rejuvenates the body by building up cellular components critical for maintaining structure. One such cellular component, the Extracellular...

The Creative Brain

Creativity plays an important role in today's world, but little is understood about it. A common misconception about creativity and the brain is that "left-brained" people are more analytical while "right-brained" people are more creative. While this is false, a study done at Harvard University tested the brains of different people on their ability to come up with the most creative and unique uses for everyday objects. The people who thought of the most unique idea was classified as creative. The study showed that there are differences in the brains of creative people.

Study Published in the British Medical Journal Finds Potential Link Between Sugary Drinks and Cancer

The consumption of beverages with artificial sweeteners and high natural and added sugars has increased dramatically over the past two decades. Between 1990 and 2016, sugary drink consumption has increased by 40%. Beverages with a high concentration of sugar have been proven to have a detrimental effect on global health. Obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiometabolic...

Two Versions of the Letter “g”

Despite reading the printed letter “g” thousands of times in our lifetime, the majority of people cannot identify the most common form of the letter “g.”   There are two Gs? There are two types of g’s: handwritten and typeset. The handwritten form of g is called the opentail version. This is the form we...

Bees Understand Math Too!

Humans are not the only species that can solve math problems. After learning that honeybees understand the basic concept of zero, researchers began on a new study to figure out if bees could comprehend how to solve basic arithmetic. A study, conducted by a team from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, aimed to discern whether...

Newest Rover Landing on Mars Since 2012

Last week, on November 26, was the first time since 2012 that a rover has attempted to land on Mars, near the martian equator. At 11:54 AM, this SUV sized rover named the InSight, tried to land by lava plain near the martian equator. Costing a whopping $814 million dollars, the Insight, at 11:52 successfully...

Agriculture is a Major Source of Nitrogen Oxide Pollution in California

California supports 12.2% of the national food economy and is the world’s 6th largest economy based on gross national product. Nitrogen Oxide (NOx = NO + NO2) has been recognized as a problem as several of the United States’ worst air quality districts are in the rural regions of California. Policies have been made to...

Possible Health Benefits of Physical Contact Between Mothers and Infants

Recent studies show that contact between mother and infant can impact the infant’s DNA. Children who had less contact with their mothers during infancy had underdeveloped genes in their cells. This is first study to show in humans that bodily contact during infancy has deep and perhaps very long term effects on the epigenome, the...

New Water Filter can Purify Salt Water

Scientists have been working with Metal-Organic Framework membranes (MOF’s)  for some time to be able to filter various small particles from water. Filtering out lithium for lithium ion batteries, calcium for various household products, and small ions for distilled water have all been achieved with the usage of these MOF’s. One recent study focuses on...