Leukemia

What is Leukemia? Leukemia is a cancer of the body's blood-forming tissues including the bone marrow (the soft, sponge-like tissue in the center of most bones that makes blood cells), the lymphatic system and even blood itself. The two main kinds of leukemia are Lymphocytic leukemia (also known as lymphoblastic leukemia), when the body makes [...]

The Placebo Effect

The mind can have a powerful influence on our bodies and can even help our bodies heal. It can also sometimes trick us into believing that a fake treatment has real therapeutic results. This phenomenon is known as the placebo effect. A placebo is anything that seems to be a "real" medical treatment but isn't. [...]

Enhancing and Suppressing Memories

What if scientists could manipulate your brain so that a traumatic memory lost its emotional power over your mind? Recent findings by Steve Ramirez(a Boston University neuroscientist) show that a small structure in the brain could hold the key to future therapeutic techniques for treating mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD, by allowing [...]

Multicellular Development

A new finding recently at the University of Queensland has unearthed some secrets about the origins of multi-cellular animals. As you all know, a multi-cellular organism is composed of multiple cells, just like us humans, but at first life was unicellular. Professor Bernie Degnan used new technology to find out that the first multi-cellular animals [...]

Introduction to Animal Diversity – (Part One)

This is a introduction to Animal diversity! Animals are super diverse, and even though this is an introduction, it is going to be a long post. So grab a cup of tea, sit back, and enjoy the read! This is part one and there will be a second part posted later. The first animal fossils [...]

The Tree of Life

Welcome to the next StemTalk! This is going to be about the tree of life. This talk is going to go over the history of Earth's formation in a very brief manner. Earth formed around 4.6 billion years ago, condensing from a large cloud of dust and space rock to form the first structure. Condensation [...]