Researchers say they have created metal hydrogen, but critics are skeptical
Feb10

Researchers say they have created metal hydrogen, but critics are skeptical

By Aphra Murray, Staff Writer On January 26 2017, in the midst of an array of news about the presidency, Science featured an article that claimed scientists had finally achieved the goal of turning hydrogen into a metal. Researchers from Harvard University claim that under a pressure 4.9 million times that of atmospheric pressure, they observed a shiny quality to hydrogen: one of the defining features of a metal. This, they say, is...

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Bumblee species declared endangered
Feb05

Bumblee species declared endangered

By Sam Siomko, Staff Writer If you have ever eaten, you have to thank a bee. Why? Bees are one of the most prolific pollinators in the continental United States. Natural pollination from bees saves farmers over three billion dollars per year—that is the amount of money it would require to artificially pollinate our crops. But our friends, the bees, are in trouble. Human carelessness mixed with an increased vulnerability due to climate...

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Free EpiPen alternative Auvi-Q to hit the markets
Jan30

Free EpiPen alternative Auvi-Q to hit the markets

By Kayla Britt, MST Editor This past September, Mylan Specialty, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures EpiPens, was riddled with controversy. The EpiPen is a life-saving drug that, if injected at the right time, treats anaphylactic allergic reactions. The price of the pharmaceutical drug has skyrocketed to 461 percent of its original cost over the past eight years; in 2007, you could buy a pack of EpiPens for around $100, but...

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How the agricultural revolution impacted man’s best friend
Jan30

How the agricultural revolution impacted man’s best friend

By Emma Gruner, Staff writer The Agricultural Revolution is well-regarded as a turning point in human history in more ways than one. Socially, this shift marked the beginning of modern civilization, but scientifically, it marked a major change in the makeup of the human genome. As our ancestors transitioned from nomadic hunter-gatherers to primarily sedentary farmers, their bodies, and ultimately their DNA, were forced to adjust to...

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Researchers identify potential “vaccination” against fake news
Jan27

Researchers identify potential “vaccination” against fake news

By Kayla Britt, MST Editor Fake news, disseminated by sites that often mimic the appearance of authentic news sources, is becoming a major issue. Fake news sometimes have a political agenda; they sometimes utilize humor and satire in ways that could be construed as misleading. The rise in the importance of social media has propagated fake news, which can easily go viral and reach hundreds of thousands of people within days. Fake news...

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New chemical reaction could help reverse climate change
Jan27

New chemical reaction could help reverse climate change

By Sam Siomko, Staff Writer Sometimes, new scientific discoveries are not the result of enormous research ventures or million-dollar companies. Often, breakthroughs are the result of accidents. And one accident that recently came from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee might have the potential to save the world. Researchers happened to discover a chemical reaction that can turn carbon dioxide into ethanol, which, if widely...

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