Health And Fitness

Food Science and Nutrition Myths: Is Organic Food Better for Us?

April 20, 2018

One question that comes up is whether organic produce is more nutritious than conventionally farmed produce? An organic label does not say anything directly about the final product, only about the production method. So, does that mean it is inherently healthier for us? […]

Health And Fitness

Performance-Enhancing Drugs: The Lance Armstrong Doping Scandal

April 6, 2018

America’s most well-known cyclist of the recent past is, no doubt, Lance Armstrong. Born in Texas, Armstrong turned pro in 1992 at age 21, and within the next few years, won major competitions, including stages within the Tour de France. Few foresaw the disgraceful path his career would soon take, tainted by the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs. […]

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Medicine and Disease

Fentanyl and The Dangers of Synthetic Opioids

January 22, 2018

Drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed in the United States over the last few decades, creating what we now know as the opioid crisis. For example, in 1968, a little over 5,000 people died from a drug overdose in the US. In 1990, that number had grown to about 8400. But why are opioids, like fentanyl, so dangerous? […]

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Health And Fitness

Obesity or Malnutrition: Which Kills More People?

December 1, 2017

In a landscape of poor dieting practices, most of the world’s population now lives in countries where obesity kills more people than malnutrition. Professor Alyssa Crittenden discusses the science behind this trend. […]

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Biology

Right Brain vs. Left Brain: Dispelling a Popular Brain Myth

December 1, 2017

Roger Sperry, together with his student Michael Gazzaniga, participated in pioneering experiments, which won Sperry the Nobel Prize in 1981, and helped make Michael Gazzaniga the father of cognitive neuroscience. But their experiments also seeded one of the biggest brain myths out there: That “left-brained people are logical and “right-brained” people are creative. […]

Biology

Right Brain vs. Left Brain: Language, Dominance, and Their Shared Roles

December 1, 2017

When it comes to the “right brain vs. left brain” discussion, research has shown us just how communicative the hemispheres of our brain actually are. Unless the connection between them is physically severed, information zips across the hemispheres during the vast majority of tasks that our brains accomplish every second. […]

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