On Tuesday, the family of Henrietta Lacks settled out of court with the Thermo Fisher Scientific biotech company.
In an era dominated by digitization, rapid technological advancements, and the ubiquity of information at our fingertips, a question arises: Are libraries on the brink of extinction?
We keep hearing the phrase, “Eventually, humans will go extinct,” and immediately blame all the things we have been told are affecting our planet. Lack of recycling, non-eco-friendly cars, continuous contamination, cutting down trees, burning forests, etc. We do this because they are easy things to blame as opposed to the music industry, books, and fast-fashion practitioner companies like Shein, Forever 21, or Zara.
Elon Musk is in the spotlight again. It seems that when the SpaceX CEO is not firing thousands of employees without notice or reinstating former president Donald Trumps Twitter account, he likes to keep himself busy with the killings of over one thousand animals—for science.
Upon analyzing 17 previous studies on the subject of depression, scientists have concluded that there might be no link between depression and lower levels of serotonin in the brain. The authors of the review also said that these findings could refute not only theories connecting depression to a chemical imbalance but also the effectiveness of prescribing antidepressants that target serotonin. Decades ago, the serotonin hypothesis proposed that depression and a chemical imbalance in the brain—including a deficiency of serotonin—could be closely related. Therefore, the most commonly prescribed antidepressants are those formulated to make serotonin more available in the brain by blocking its reabsorption into the neurons. These are the antidepressants known as serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
Everyone knows that as people age, their immune systems naturally begin to decline. It’s part of the ‘aging process.’ The aging of the immune system is called immunosenescence, and is one of the main causes for age-related health problems such as cancer or cardiovascular disease. Not all immune systems age the same though, and new research shows that social stress is associated with signs of accelerated immune system aging.
In an age where we are so preoccupied with social media and the internet, it’s common to hear someone say that they don’t like to read; but reading used to be a daily ritual for those who wanted the gain knowledge, improve their memory, and broaden their vocabulary. With multiple forms of communication and information available at our fingertips, it’s important not to lose touch with the practice of daily reading. While some people are often too busy to read, some don’t care to read at all.
A team of researchers from Scotland and Germany has used ancient teeth to discover what they believe are the origins of the Black Death, one of the most significant episodes of disease in human history. Despite years of research into the bubonic plague, scientists have been unable to determine where the disease began. However, this new research suggests that it began in what is now Kyrgyzstan in the 1330s.
While the purpose is not snacking on this cement in the middle of a construction project, scientists in Japan have developed a method for turning food waste into building material. This is the first time that cement has been created entirely from leftover food, and scientists hope that it could solve several issues from food waste to global warming.
Both men and women are susceptible to getting injured during a rough sports match, but are the injuries equally as impactful?