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Your Brain on Video Games

323.1 million people make up the U.S. population, and among them, 150 million gamers spending 3 billion hours per week getting squad wins or playing their placements in front of a screen. If hearing that 46% of U.S. citizens are leveling up doesn’t surprise you, maybe the fact that 72% …

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Macaque Monkey Clones: Why and How They Were Created

Several weeks ago, the Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai made, what many people have described as controversial progress when two macaque monkey clones were created successfully using Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT). Named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, these monkeys were produced using the same technique that was used to …

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The Ins and Outs of Flu Season

Every year the countries of the world host parties for microscopic travelers, and although these parties tend to be viral, you won’t find them trending on YouTube. The influenza virus is instead found invading our respiratory tracts and can be deadly without proper treatment. Flu season often brings with it …

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The Finals Week Survival Guide to Studying

Every corner of every floor of every library on campus is inhabited by students. The bitter scent of coffee is pungent in the air. Students have entered in unspoken pacts of silence, only broken by lengthy sighs. Christmas may be on the horizon, but holiday cheer is nowhere in sight. …

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Hurricanes 101: What, Why & How

If you have glanced at the tv or scrolled through your social media feeds in the past few weeks, it would have been impossible to miss the plethora of news coverage on the recent hurricanes that have hit the United States and its territories. It goes without saying that these …

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A Ketogenic Diet Will Give You a Longer Life

In today’s culture, information on dieting and fitness is widespread across both traditional and social media. It is a popular topic of conversation and many people are persuaded by the promise of one fad diet or another in order to trim off those five pounds that accumulated over last Christmas. …

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High Intensity Exercise Can Counteract a Fast Food Diet

After the release of the popular documentary, “Super Size Me”, the effects of a diet high in fast food are widely known. These high calorie foods are often loaded with saturated and trans fats and can be high in sodium. Too many of the fats and sugars that make fast …

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Higher voices in fertile women

It has long been confirmed in research (and in practice) that a woman’s body goes through many changes during her cycle of fluctuating hormones. Particularly during the fertile window, where estrogen levels reach their peak, a woman may be experiencing subtle changes in behavior. These behaviors may increase her chances …

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Trial & Error Blog Competition Winner: Nosa Ali

This is a special edition of Stemosphere that features a piece written by a high school student! Nosa Ali was the winner of the Trial and Error Blog Compeition! The Trial and Error student science blog aims to create a supportive community amongst young, budding researchers and scientists aspiring towards …