Get Out of the Dark About Dark Matter!

Dark matter has been a source of intrigue for scientists long before it became exciting fodder for science fiction. Immortalized by popular shows such as Star Trek and Futurama as an efficient and powerful fuel source, the reality is much more rudimentary. Dark matter is essentially a component hypothesized to be a sort of “missing piece” giving galaxies more mass, …

Evolution of the Primate Brain: What Makes Us Human?

Darwin’s famous voyage to the Galapagos Islands in 1831 formed the foundation of the theory of evolution [1]. Since then, scientists have applied this theory to investigate the diversity and relationship between species. Although Darwin’s theory of evolution states that humans evolved from primates, the definition of cognitive function and consciousness was not explained clearly. According to the Cambridge Declaration …

Detecting Date-Rape Drugs

Nails. Hair. Makeup. Heels. Dresses. These are all items women usually change when they go out to the town, or to a bar. Having freshly manicured nails can be a confidence booster for some, and an aesthetic pleaser for others. As most college students head off to college, their parents warn them; “Do not take drinks from strangers, as a …

Iron Man and Bullet Proof Custard

Audiences throughout the nation and around the world have been entranced by the high-tech Iron Man body suit and Tony Stark’s eccentric mind. Imagined by Marvel Comics, the Iron Man suit allows Stark to fly through the sky, shoot sonic blasts, and withstand bullets.  In addition, the metallic strength of the armor does not detract from the suit’s maneuverability, rendering …

Is Rare Expensive?

Accepting what Kenneth Arrow once said that “there seems to be little room for the unequal distribution of a vital commodity such as health care in a just society”, few would argue that our current system is ethical. On the contrary, it seems to be a system in which the poor have a significantly narrowed access to medical care in …

Water Quantity versus Water Quality – Which is the Bigger Problem?

Urbanisation. Economic development. Unsustainable agriculture. These factors are causing problems with water quality and quantity all around the world, an issue which will likely only get worse unless we deal with the precious resource more responsibly. But is it water quantity or quality that deserves our more immediate attention? Water quantity is certainly a critical future issue. With more than …