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Fettuccine-like rocks could indicate life on Mars

By Natalie Stanowski, Assistant Technograph Editor

September 26, 2019

A NASA-funded study, led by University geology professor Bruce Fouke, has determined that a certain type of pasta-looking rock could be indicative of past life on the red planet.  These fettuccine-like rocks are a subset of Travertine, a type of banded sedimentary rock that is made up of calcium carbonate...

Higher levels of optimism linked to more restful sleep

By Sonal Singh, Staff Writer

September 26, 2019

Sleep plays an integral role in each and every one of our lives. We spend a third of our lives asleep, during which some of our body’s most important processes take place. It is common knowledge that we need at least 7 hours of sleep in order to function properly. However, according to a report by...

Infants expect leaders to intervene by 17 months

By Ava Traverso, Technograph Editor

September 26, 2019

A facet of our society that has been around as long as recorded history can remember is the organization of hierarchal systems. Where did this organization first begin? Was it learned, or was it hardwired into the human DNA? A stepping-stone to the answer of these questions may lay with younger generations,...

Grad student balances research and sorority life

By Ava Traverso, Technograph Editor

September 26, 2019

When the word ‘research’ comes to mind, one may think of lab coats, microscopes and complicated science experiments. Overall, the general feeling surrounding research can come off as unattainable and as a difficult community to break into. In the changing world we live in, the exploration of science...

Putting plants on the stand – the dangers of invasive plant species

By Bella Keys, Technograph Writer

September 26, 2019

Evil comes in all forms, and invasive plants happen to be a special type of it. They have racked up quite a list of offenses against the environment, killing all kinds of species. It’s time that these plants get what’s coming to them, it’s time they’re brought to trial. The charges again...

Study examines relationships amongst exercise, technology and cognition

By Aristides Theodoropoulos, Technograph Writer

September 26, 2019

The department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University is currently studying the connections between the brain and the body. In particular, Dr. Sean Mullen and his team are at the forefront of this research. Mullen's team has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2012. The...

Cosmeceuticals promise anti-aging products, pose health risks

Cosmeceuticals promise anti-aging products, pose health risks

By Aristides Theodoropoulos, Technograph Writer

April 26, 2019

Some, more than others, are coming into contact with cosmetic products purported to exhibit anti-aging effects. These products, now being called cosmeceuticals, can be found all over the internet as well as on store shelves. The term “cosmeceutical” was coined in 1985 and is defined as “cosmetics that c...

Breathe easy: University professor aims to help CF patients

Breathe easy: University professor aims to help CF patients

By Yoav Margalit, Technograph Writer

April 26, 2019

R esearchers at the University recently made a breakthrough related to the treatment of cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease affecting the respiratory system. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, there are more than 30,000 diagnosed cases of CF in the U.S. with approximately 1,000 new cases being d...

Artificial leaves sprout from climate change research

Artificial leaves sprout from climate change research

By Zack Fishman, Technograph Writer

April 26, 2019

Carbon dioxide, a very small and very stable greenhouse gas, has been voluminously ejected into Earth’s atmosphere during centuries of fossil fuel combustion. It has caused widespread disruption of natural systems via climate change and threatens even worse damage in the near future. To avoid the worst ...

Study plants seed of hope for genetically modified science

Study plants seed of hope for genetically modified science

By Natalie Stanowski, Technograph Writer

April 26, 2019

Whether it’s a scientific study being broadcast on the evening news or rows of fresh vegetables at the supermarket, genetically modified foods have been popping up everywhere. While the merits, or lack thereof, of GM foods have been debated around the globe, it has become especially important to Flor...

Obesity heightens breast cancer risk

Obesity heightens breast cancer risk

By Shubhangi Joshi, Contributing Technograph Writer

April 26, 2019

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer patients who reside in low-income areas have lower five-year survival rates than those in higher-income areas at every stage of diagnosis. Those who live in low-income areas are more susceptible to food insecurity, which can make healthy and low-...

Professors prove ‘junk’ DNA has a purpose

Professors prove ‘junk’ DNA has a purpose

By Ava Traverso, Technograph Editor

April 26, 2019

The science behind evolution has an interesting history, to say the least. Ever since the publication of Charles Darwin’s “On The Origin of Species” in 1859, famous for citing the “survival of the fittest” ideology, evolution has been continuously refined in recent years. Because of this, many...

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