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  • Marine Mercury Rising ??? Figure 2Nearly 60 years ago a mysterious illness swept through families in fishing villages along Japan’s Minamata Bay. Those affected presented symptoms of a neurological disease: loss of feeling in the limbs, impaired vision, difficulty walking, and trouble speaking. Many with severe symptoms became paralyzed, and dozens died within weeks. Then, newborns in the region began…
  • The Risks of Control: Assessing the Link Between Birth Control Pills and Breast Cancer Ashim Final Figure 1More than 10 million women in the United States (almost 20% of women between the ages of 15 and 44) take birth control pills as a means of contraception . In 2013, more than 2.9 million American women were living with breast cancer, almost 300,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, and nearly 40,000 women…
  • New Supermassive Dinosaur Species Discovered Artistic rendering of Titanosaur_Carnegie Museum of Natural History:AFP Mark A. KlingerFrom T. Rex times seven: New dinosaur species is discovered in Argentina (original article here) Recent news describes the uncovering in Argentina of a new dinosaur species that is seven times the size of a T. Rex and could have weighed as much as a dozen African elephants! What is impressive about this discovery is…
  • Genes or Junk: Measuring the Functional Genome MacKellar Figure 1In 2001, scientists published a (mostly) complete sequence of the human genome, the DNA that's spread over our 23 chromosomes and contains the information that dictates the function of our cells and the development of our bodies .  Over a decade later, the public still wonders what all of that information means.  And so do…
  • Light-Powered Construction of Valuable Molecules from Simple Chemical Building Blocks R.Kennedy_Figure 4Two groups of researchers have recently reported a new light-powered method in which readily available chemical building blocks are coupled to produce useful complex molecules that cannot be easily found or made. Because these metal-catalyzed reactions require only visible light and mild conditions, they could be incredibly useful new methods for the cheap and environmentally…
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