New Type of Neuron Discovered as Playing Key Role in Long-Term Memory Formation

Mary-Margaret Cummings ‘24, Neuroscience, Fall 2020 Figure: Neurons (Source: ShutterStock) While you remember what you had for lunch today, you probably won’t remember that in a week. However, you might still be able to recall your favorite teacher from grade school. Here, two kinds of memory are being illustrated—long-term memory (LTM), … Continue reading

Contradicting the Disparity Between Primate and Avian Brains

Rachel Matthew ’24, Neuroscience, Fall 2020 Figure 1: A Northwestern Crow near Whittier, Alaska. Corvids, along with parrots, have experimentally demonstrated cognition comparable to that of great apes—a family of primates including gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans.3 (Source: Wikimedia Commons) When asked to name the smartest animal, most people would name an … Continue reading

Childhood Unpopularity May Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Adulthood

Patrick Howard, Life Sciences, Fall 2020 Figure: Childhood experiences are widely considered to affect adult life. A new study revealed that low childhood peer status may have dire health consequences: heightened risk of adult cardiovascular disease. Source: Wikimedia Commons A recent prospective cohort study from Stockholm, Sweden indicates that social … Continue reading

New ‘Drugless’ Approach to Killing Cancer Cells Shows Promise

Mary-Margaret Cummings ‘24, Nanotechnology, Fall 2020 Figure: Abstract Molecular Model (Source: ShutterStock)  Researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have found a way to trick cancer cells into self-destructing, bypassing the need for radiation treatments, chemotherapy, or surgery. Their weapon? A nanoparticle (NP) secret agent that is 30,000 times … Continue reading