Science Explained: The Zika Virus

The Zika Virus Earlier this month, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus a global health threat, stating that microcephaly and neurological disorder incidence in newborns in Brazil “constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.” When considered against other prominent mosquito-borne viruses, such as dengue and West Nile, the Zika virus has been... Continue Reading

Science Explained: Vegetarianism

The hunt for the right diet The food we eat has become a highly personal topic. Everyone has eating habits, and everyone has an opinion on your eating habits. Between the government food pyramid and the multi-billion dollar diet industry it is hard to navigate what nutrition information is helpful and harmful. Our fast-paced society... Continue Reading

Science Explained: Unsustainable Agriculture

Food for thought   When we think of climate change we tend to think about wasting power, taking long showers, landfills, oil drilling, fracking, and greenhouse gas emissions produced by transportation. There is a misconception that these practices constitute the most significant contributions to our warming planet. Animal agriculture is a controversial topic—the meat and... Continue Reading
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Tristan Johnston / The Runner

Science Explained: Aspartame

Parsing the evidence against aspartame Aspartame, the low-calorie sweetener known on food labels as E951, was first approved for Canadian consumption in 1981. Aspartame is found in many products, including diet beverages, processed foods, yogurt and chewing gum. It’s also the main ingredient of the coffee and tea sweeteners Nutrasweet and Equal. In the late-‘90s... Continue Reading

Science Explained: Why HIV is difficult to treat

Why HIV is difficult to treat The Human Immunodeficiency Virus HIV fits under a branch of viruses called lentiviruses, and many animals such as cats, cows, horses, and sheep have strains of lentiviruses that typically don’t cause disease. In primates, the lentivirus is called SIV (Simian immunodeficiency virus), and multiple strains exist that are specific... Continue Reading