Breeding Causes Changes in the Anatomy of a Dog’s Brain

Dating back thousands of years, humans have bred dogs for their temperaments, personality traits, and physical characteristics. If someone wanted to develop a strong hunting dog, they might breed two hunting dogs, expecting a puppy skilled at hunting as a result.  Due to selective breeding over many years, there are more than 400 types of...

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...

Why People Enjoy Coffee

A major sign of the winter season approaching is when Starbucks changes their traditional cup to a holiday-themed one and introduces special winter flavors. Whether that be the red reusable cup or ones that mimic the appearance of presents, people flock to this corporation to order the Peppermint Mocha or Eggnog Latte. Yet picture this:...

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...

Association with Sleep Habits and Death

What are your sleep habits? Do you wish every day was a faculty collaboration day, preferring to stay up late and sleep in; or would you rather go to bed early and do homework in the morning when your mind is fresh? Being a morning or a night person may seem to be simply about personal preference, but...

Soccer Heading Found to Be More Dangerous for Female Players

According to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), a 2014 survey reported that there are more than 30 million female soccer players around the world. However, new research has found that women who play soccer may face “more extensive changes to brain tissue after repetitive ‘heading’ of the soccer ball” than men. Heading a...

Sheep Recognize Human Faces

Recent studies conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge show that sheep can detect familiar human faces, along with identifying individuals from their flocks and other species. Procedure The scientists trained the sheep using pictures of Emma Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Baa-rack Obama. Each day, the sheep were led into a pen containing two...

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...