Recent Posts From cSw in the News
On a beautiful summer Saturday, cSw writers, editors, graphic designers and comms mentors met up for the annual High School Science Communications Forum at Monmouth University. It was a day full of networking, skill-building and inspiration for these curious and creative young science communicators.
Listen to the audio of A Discussion With John Morano- Issues of Extinction, Habitat Deletion and Climate Change for Readers of Popular Fiction. Concerned with endangered species and habitat depletion, John pens stories of imperiled creatures and habitats that can’t speak for themselves.
curiousSCIENCEwriters challenge the stereotype that laboratories are boring places filled with boring people, revealing to the world a colorful universe with a diameter one tenth of the thickness of a human hair. This organization understands that science does not dehumanize, but rather provides something vital to human survival: hope.
As a student in one of the nation’s most rigorous STEM high schools, 16-year-old Eileen Huang never expected to write poetry, let alone have it change her life. In this funny, surprising, and moving talk, she tells the unexpected story of how her passion for writing and storytelling took her to the White House, got her to meet the First Lady, and, ultimately, revealed her true potential and self-confidence.
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- Listen up! Fruit Flies Key to Hearing Loss Research
- What Black Bears Can Teach Us About Bone Strength
- Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer’s Disease: Could Camels Carry the Cure?
- Cardiomyopathy Patients Thank Turkeys This Thanksgiving
- Golden Retrievers: Man’s Best Solution for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is largely responsible for irreversible hearing damage. NIHL can be caused by a one-time exposure to a loud sound or continued exposure to high-decibel noises. Researchers at the University of Iowa are now turning to the common fruit fly to study and combat NIHL in humans. The fruit fly is the ideal animal model because the molecular structure of its ear is more similar to humans than that of rats or guinea pigs, meaning tests on fruit flies yield more accurate results.
Many elderly people suffer from osteoporosis, the significant bone loss that can increase the risk of fracture. This disease affects more than 10 million Americans and is the underlying cause behind 1.5 million fractures every year. Rather than develop osteoporosis, black bears’ bodies have made evolutionary adjustments to prevent bone loss during disuse and a team of research scientists have been investigating the secret behind the integrity of bears’ bones.
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a form of dementia that results in memory loss and the decline in other cognitive functions. Scientists have recently discovered nanobodies in camels that can possibly serve as transporters to deliver medicine directly to the brains of patients suffering with Alzheimer’s.
Every four in 10,000 people in the United States have dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease that causes the left ventricle of the heart to become enlarged. Turkey hearts can serve as a model for the human heart as it undergoes heart failure and cardiomyopathy because their hearts are very similar. By countering a mutated form of cardiac muscle protein with another form of mutated protein, a heart’s normal condition can be restored.
The cause of DMD, a degenerative disorder that affects nearly 1 in 3,500 male babies, has been attributed to a lack of dystrophin protein. Due to the dystrophin gene’s location on the X chromosome, males, who need only one copy of the gene to contract DMD, are twice as likely to be diagnosed with it as females. Despite valiant efforts, no cure for DMD currently exists. Scientists now think that hope may lie within a common friend – the golden retriever.