By Stephanie Baringer Imagine this: you are at a family gathering and your mom sees your newest tattoo and starts to interrogate you on the purpose of your new ink masterpiece. In a mix of excitement and internalized teenage angst you exclaim, “But mom, you don’t understand! This tattoo could save my life!” Maybe that … Continue reading Biosensing Tattoos Your Mother Would Approve Of
Give “Seeing Red” a New Meaning by Donating Blood
By Carli King Ring in the new year with a lifesaving resolution: donating blood in 2023. Even a donation of one pint of blood has the possibility to save up to three lives1. Despite approximately 63% of the United States population being considered eligible blood donors2, only a mere 3% of the population currently donates … Continue reading Give “Seeing Red” a New Meaning by Donating Blood
Amphibians with Answers: How African Clawed Frogs Have Shaped Biomedical Research
By Sarah Latario For over three decades, African clawed frogs were the embodiment of pregnancy tests, rather than the small kits found in the drug store. After the British scientist Lancelot Hogben discovered that injecting urine samples from pregnant women caused the frogs to lay eggs, they became the standard for pregnancy tests across the … Continue reading Amphibians with Answers: How African Clawed Frogs Have Shaped Biomedical Research
Winner of Fall 2022 LTS Best Blog Post
Thank you to everyone who voted for Lions Talk Science’s Best Blog Post of Fall 2022! This semester’s competition was unbelievably close. The results are in, and your favorite LTS article was "Buyers Beware: The Problem with Pinkwashing" written by our new writer, Carli King! For her winning article, Carli will receive a $25 gift card! Additionally, our randomly chosen voter to … Continue reading Winner of Fall 2022 LTS Best Blog Post
What Does Evolution Teach Us About Medicine?
By Afton Widdershins If you took a biology class during your school years, you may be familiar with the concept of evolution, the idea that living things acquire changes that they can pass on to their offspring. These changes begin as tiny, random mutations acquired as genetic information is copied imperfectly from parent to offspring. … Continue reading What Does Evolution Teach Us About Medicine?
Bring the Beat In: How the Brain Processes Binaural Beats and the Potential Cognitive Benefits the Beats Provide
By Gaelyn Lyons Finals are just around the corner, and you're scrambling to study for that last exam. You're probably stressed out, having a hard time focusing, and *most likely* losing sleep. First, let's take a deep breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. How are you feeling? Are you still stressed? Then let me tell you … Continue reading Bring the Beat In: How the Brain Processes Binaural Beats and the Potential Cognitive Benefits the Beats Provide
A Fair Day’s Wage for a Fair Day’s Work
By Jessica Heebner There was a time in the United States where there was very little standing in the way of you being exploited as a worker. There was no OSHA, no minimum wage, no age restrictions, and certainly no worker’s compensation for injuries received on the job. If you were injured and could no … Continue reading A Fair Day’s Wage for a Fair Day’s Work
Aspirin and Its Evolution Across Decades
By Hannah Johnson Figure 1: A box of aspirin. When you have a headache, a fever, or inflammation, the usual response to obtain relief would be taking an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), such as aspirin or ibuprofen. While these are common over the counter (OTC) drugs that are often found in a person’s medicine cabinet, … Continue reading Aspirin and Its Evolution Across Decades
Buyers Beware: The Problem with Pinkwashing
By Carli King Every October, retail stores are plastered in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month – from food packaging, to clothing, to hardware, to home appliances. But what percentage of the proceeds from pink purchases actually go directly to breast cancer patients or towards breast cancer research? The answer to this question remains unclear … Continue reading Buyers Beware: The Problem with Pinkwashing
What is love?
By Shivani Godbole Source: https://www.istockphoto.com/vector/cartoon-brain-lifting-dumbbells-vector-gm1208760136-349508008 “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 1, scene 1, lines 240 – 241 Shakespeare did indeed get it right. Love is a convoluted ‘mind-game’. If I were to describe love as a scientist, I would … Continue reading What is love?