Bacteria under an electron microscope. Image via pixabay and Creative Commons.

Features: Racing Evolution

  Racing Evolution: A new strategy for antibiotic synthesis By Alan Yang When it comes to antibiotics, the pace of our discoveries often lags far behind the rate of bacterial evolution. Recent detections of superbugs resistant to even our last lines of antibiotic defense suggest that antibiotics are changing  from …

6484422381_6873681a2d_o

Primary Research: Redesigning Life

  Redesigning Life: The Quest for Synthetic Yeast By Rahul Sharma Through the Synthetic Yeast 2.0 (Sc2.0) project, researchers are attempting to create a completely synthetic version of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker’s yeast) genome. This will be the first attempt to create a eukaryotic organism (an organism whose cells have …

The pilot power plant where Virbin's research is being conducted. Photo by Prashant Ranganath.

Primary Research: Capture the Carbon

Capture the Carbon: Decreasing CO2 Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants By Virbin Nath A. Sapkota Coal fired power plants produce more than a …

thumb_IMG_1855_1024

Summer 2015: Symmetry

LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS A NOTE ON OUR SUMMER THEME: SYMMETRY BY AMIR BITRAN NOTHING HERALDS LATE SUMMER in New England quite like …

6010535530_fb0c533fec_b

Toward a Regulation Revolution

“Increasing the minimum number of required studies may be the shift we need to make antidepressants on the market safe and effective. If a drug is rushed to become profitable at the cost of reduced efficacy, the medicine’s true purpose is lost along the fast track to approval.”

Bronchiolar_epithelium_3_-_SEM

The Internal Asymmetry of the Human Body

“Understanding the internal order of the human body can help explain the determinants of organ-related structural diseases, which in turn can lead to better healthcare and, potentially, more effective treatment.”

833px-CMS_Higgs-event

Matter Outdoes AntiMatter

“…researchers have provided a mechanism to help explain how the initial symmetry between matter and antimatter particles in the early universe was replaced by the asymmetry we observe today.”