Monthly Archives: September 2016

Cough Up Some Cash: Drug Pricing and Development

In August 2015, Turing Pharmaceuticals purchased the rights to an HIV drug that has existed for more than 60 years, and raised its price from $13.50 a pill to $750.00 a pill.[1]  The drug primarily treats toxoplasmosis, a disease that affects AIDS patients, pregnant women and other immunocompromised individuals.[1] Now, with annual treatment costing up to hundreds of thousands of dollars- many

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Advances in the Computational Sciences

Help the military test new weaponry. Search for new particles of matter. Find better approximations for Schrodinger’s Equation. With the rapid advances in the computational sciences, a relatively new field that uses advanced computing abilities and data analysis to solve complicated problems, many previously unimaginable computational applications are becoming possible. Researchers for and officials in the military need to computationally

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WATER WORLD: The Potential Implications of Sea Level Rise

One hundred thousand people, eight hundred square kilometers, and thirty three reef atolls comprise one country that will be underwater by the end of the century: Kiribati. A small island nation in the middle of the Pacific, Kiribati is extremely susceptible to climate induced sea level rise because of its low elevation. Its President, Anote Tong, has even stated to

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MARTY MCDRIVE: STANFORD’S SELF DRIFTING DELOREAN

An electric engine whirrs to life as tires screech across the asphalt and the smell of burnt rubber permeates the air. A man sits inside this beast, this mechanical masterpiece, this accomplishment of automotive innovation with no hands on the wheel and feet off the pedals. Its name: MARTY, Stanford’s self drifting DeLorean. Clearly inspired by the time traveling car

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Silicon Valley’s Newest Venture: Curing Death?!

Google, Paypal founder, and Stanford University invest millions to end the effects of aging. “Forever young, I want to be forever young.” When most people listen to JayZ’s hit 2010 single, they reminisce of better times. They think of their childhoods, a period free of disease and stress. A selective few, however, take JayZ’s words to heart—literally. Can we live

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Rose-Bots: Fusing Plants and Electronics

Perhaps a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but a rose equipped with an electronic circuit may provide much more than a sweet smell. At least, that’s what Magnus Berggren, a professor at Linköping University in Sweden, believes. In an unprecedented move, Berggren’s team of researchers, working at the university’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics, has created electronic

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The Other Antibiotic: Viruses

Whether the name is spread by the 5 o’clock evening news, the National Institutes of Health website, or a box that you may have to check when registering as a new patient at a healthcare facility, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) is quite a topic of interest in public health. Wait, what is methi-huh-Staphylo-wha? You’ve probably heard of the dangers regarding MRSA,

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