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How microbial vaccines promise a pandemic-free future

Familiar to us in our biofuels, drugs, and even food additives, these high-value molecules are sources of our everyday essentials.

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Are the kids alright? A look into child development in the pandemic

This is an unprecedented shift in the way children develop, and scientists are still trying to understand the extent of its impact.

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Bridging the science of fear and cinema in elements of horror

Although we may presume that we could better live off without it, fear is more of a friend than a foe.

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What keeps you up at night? Examining sleep paralysis

Despite being accompanied by cultural connotations of spirits or demons, sleep paralysis is nowhere near supernatural.

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Neigh or nay?: On ivermectin and treatments against COVID-19

It has been over a year since COVID-19 brought the world to a halt in March 2020.  It is unsurprising, then, that people are desperate for the pandemic to be over. Some go as far as taking drugs not indicated for use against COVID-19, and sometimes in forms not meant for human consumption. An example…

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The subtlety of microplastics: an invisible threat

The ubiquity of microplastics in our environment presents a growing concern.  Such is the breadth of the issue that microplastics have now reached Mount Everest, one of the most remote places on Earth. These miniscule particles can now be found even inside the stomachs of animals and consequently, humans. Though tiny plastic particles are one…

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Unwise antibiotic use drives the need to manage medication

Antibiotic use has been formed by decades of success in improving medical care through the treatment of bacterial infections and controlling the transmission of disease. While the discovery of antibacterial agents has transformed modern medicine, our reliance on them has led to the inevitable evolution of bacteria, bringing greater threats to public health. Despite their…

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Dice with death: Individual action will not stop climate change

Ever since the industrial revolution, humans have burned large amounts of fossil fuels to meet the growing energy consumption brought about by global industrialization. These industrial activities release gigatons of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year, furthering the greenhouse effect that warms our planet and fuels climate change. An uninhabitable…

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Beyond ones and zeroes: Skills for the modern age

Coding involves a versatile set of skills that contribute to the development of logic and abstract thinking. It is a process of optimization that seeks to solve unique problems by converting data into a language that is understood by computers and hand-held devices, and it is this language that continues to innovate the ways information…

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Emergency physicians hold the line at the forefront of medical response

It is an understatement to say that the pandemic that continues to spread across the globe has brought about change in many forms. Industries and sectors of society have been at the forefront of instigating these changes, be it in operations, management, or even in outlooks.  Among these are the operations of those in the…