Category Archives: Science News

Epidemic Proportions?: Interpreting Washington State’s Deadly 2015-16 Flu Season

A disease labeled as “epidemic” spread across Washington state this winter. Patients overwhelmed hospital resources across several counties and a Disaster Medical Control Center was activated after a decade of inactivity. The culprit? Influenza (flu) virus. The influenza virus While many may be familiar with the standard symptoms – such as coughing, fever, and a sore throat – associated with

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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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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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