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To The Rhythm of Your Brain

MADELEINE YU | ONLINE REPORTER | SQ ONLINE 17-18   We’ve all been there: one minute, you are completely absorbed in lecture and then the next minute, you’re wondering if you have all of the ingredients at home to make that one really tasty-looking stew that appeared on your Facebook feed, and oh yeah, did…

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Fear Factor: Foodborne Illness

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18)   The middle of April 2018 saw major news headlines filled with panic-inducing warnings about contaminated romaine lettuce. Reports of hospitalizations, kidney failure and even death circulated; yet, there were no recalls. The source was narrowed down to the Yuma, Arizona area, but even today a more…

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Building a Bio-Fueled Future

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18)   With current projections predicting the depletion of fossil fuel reserves being by 2088, biofuels are seeing a resurgence in funding and awareness. The field of alternative energy is open to all kinds of new perspectives and technological advances, a great opportunity for creative up-and-coming biologists. This…

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Taking the Bite Out of Pathogens: How Researchers at UC San Diego Are Divorcing Mosquitos from Malaria and Other Infectious Diseases

LIAM HUBER AND MAYA GOPALAKRISHNAN | ONLINE REPORTERS | SALTMAN QUARTERLY 17-18 At UC San Diego, Dr. Omar Akbari pioneers a new method to combat some of the world’s deadliest contagions. (Source) Picture the deadliest animal in the world. What comes to mind? Fearsome teeth, bulging muscles, and lethal venom? Great white sharks, Bengal tigers, and…

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Tardigrades: Testing the Limits of Space Travel

EMMA HUIE | UTS WRITER | SALTMAN QUARTERLY 17-18 In 2016, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration reported a record-breaking 18,300 applications from aspiring astronauts (NASA). It may be surprising that so many people seem to be eager to launch themselves into space, considering that they would have to forgo Earth’s mild temperatures, clean water,…