Quality Over Quantity: the Overlooked Consequence of Climate Change on Food

By Ellie Fung  When it comes to the relationship between climate change and food, many would cite the heightened risk of crop failure and starvation as a result of intensified natural disaster, extreme weather and pest infestation events. Decreased crop yield is understandably a major concern and cause for carbon reduction efforts, but it oftenContinue reading “Quality Over Quantity: the Overlooked Consequence of Climate Change on Food”

The children who can see underwater

By Safiya Aldris The Mergui Archipelago, a group of around 800 islands in the Andaman sea, is home to the Moken. They are a semi-nomadic Austronesian people living a hunter-gatherer lifestyle at sea, though this way of life is increasingly under threat (Survival, n.d.). The children of these small Moken tribes spend much of theirContinue reading “The children who can see underwater”

Neuroscience on effective learning

By Tanjim Sayeeda Memory and learning lie in the heart of evolution, particularly for humans. Organisms have evolved by experiencing challenges that teach them about how to adapt behaviours in order to overcome the same challenges in the future. Thus, species survival has depended on the process of learning, storing and retrieving information. Attempts toContinue reading “Neuroscience on effective learning”

Learning as a way to prevent/delay Alzheimer’s Disease

By Andrea Flores Esparza Many of us have experienced memory loss in one way or another; forgetting where we left our keys or forgetting what we wanted to say. However, these do not seriously affect our every-day lives. Memory and cognitive thinking are controlled by the brain through the transmission of signals across neuronal synapses;Continue reading “Learning as a way to prevent/delay Alzheimer’s Disease”

Anti-vaxxers and Anti-maskers: The Psychology of Science Denial

By Shivani Rajhansa In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, most people are doing their best to maintain social distancing, regularly wash their hands and wear masks so that normalcy can be regained sooner rather than later. However, all around the world there have been resistant pockets of people that refuse to believe the precariousContinue reading “Anti-vaxxers and Anti-maskers: The Psychology of Science Denial”

Domestication syndrome: The effect of a human-animal relationship

By Jemima Frame Domestication is described as the process of selectively breeding a wild animal until, overtime, they become genetically determined to be tolerant of humans, however, there is no clear distinction as to when exactly a wild animal evolves into a domesticated one. At present humans have domesticated 14 large mammals, including sheep, pigsContinue reading “Domestication syndrome: The effect of a human-animal relationship”

Electroconvulsive therapy: how electricity can be used to treat depression

By Anastasia Alenova Major depressive disorder (MDD), commonly known as depression, affects over 264 million people worldwide, with one third of patients suffering from a treatment resistant form of the disorder. When medication and psychotherapy are ineffective, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is often recommended, leading to an improvement in over 50% of patients (McDonald et al.,Continue reading “Electroconvulsive therapy: how electricity can be used to treat depression”

Are SSRIs effective for treating depression?

By Anna Miteniece When asked about major depressive disorder (MDD), colloquially referred to simply as depression, professor Robert Sapolsky described it as ‘the clinical inability to enjoy sunsets.’ (Sapolsky, 2020) An apt portrayal of the serious physiopsychological affliction characterized by pervasive low mood, anhedonia, low self-esteem and pain without a clear cause. Unsurprisingly, these symptomsContinue reading “Are SSRIs effective for treating depression?”

Darwin’s Abominable Mystery

By Jia Hua Wang With over 300,000 extant species, flowering plants, or angiosperms, form ca. 90% of all terrestrial vegetation, making them the most ecologically diverse and abundant land plants (Soltis & Soltis, 2014). Apart from taigas and temperate rainforests, angiosperms dominate nearly all terrestrial ecosystems and have representatives in many aquatic environments (Feild &Continue reading “Darwin’s Abominable Mystery”

Debunking the “Male Menopause”

By Anna Huang Since the average life expectancy of a typical male has increased in the past few decades, aging related health problems have garnered interest in the medical community (Nandy et al., 2008). A variety of hormonal changes occur in the bodies of aging men, including dropping plasma androgen levels. This androgen decline inContinue reading “Debunking the “Male Menopause””