The Uncertain Future of Antibiotics

By Elizabeth Ensink This fall, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report calling for greater attention and action on the issue of antibiotic resistance. Since the discovery of Penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928, antibiotics have saved millions of lives. Without antibiotics, ear infections, sore throats, and even skin infections…

Shark Week: Putting the Jinx on Jaws

By Andrea Anastasio We’re used to arguing and controversy, but I think we can all agree on one thing: none of us would enjoy being eaten alive. This universal fear explains why millions are expected to tune into Discovery Channel’s Shark Week beginning on August 10, 2014. We’re fascinated by sharks: creatures perfected by evolution…

(Bio)Hackers: Taking Over a Body Near You

By Matthew Munson With the rise of digital computing and technology in the 21st century, scientists have made advancements that would have seemed like the work of science-fiction just a few decades ago.  One of modern technology’s most important advancements for the scientific community is the ability to instantly share information  from the comfort of…