Science and Technology

"The immunological clock"

           Human development is based on an adjustable timeline that is different for each being. One child might take their first steps at age 2, while the other at age 3. Both are completely normal. Pregnancy, on the other hand, is stricter with time, as an early delivery can result in many developmental issues for the child. Until recently, science has not succeeded at efficiently tracking a woman’s immune function during pregnancy, even though it is the immune system that allows prediction of risks, such as preterm labor.

Imagine a Future In Which Genes Will Be Programmable!

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The study of the function of each gene has been the spotlight of biology. Some scientists have been running experiments for years to push their boundaries. With new biology knowledge, new ideas can be executed.

 

Are We Alone?

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Every year, scientists add new fascinating species into the encyclopedia of life. As a Harry Potter's fan, one little creature discovered this year, Gryffinfor's Hat amazed me! All this new discoveries are made on the surface of our planet Earth, and despite the huge number of discoveries every year, we are far from finding everything. Now, imagine if we find another planet with different environment where life develops separately from Earth. This could change radically our taxonomy.

Aliens Might Not Be That Different From Us

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Have you ever wondered what might aliens look like? Who am I kidding? You probably already have a strong idea of extra-terrestrial creatures' appearance. Whether it is due to movies, books or even religion, most people have a clear image in their head when asked to describe the appearance of an alien. However, have you ever thought about the fact that they might not be that different from us?

The Ultimate Way of Curation is Close to Be Reality?

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On September 1st of 2017, the science journalist John Horgan wrote an article for the “Cross-Check” blog on the Scientific American's website. This article is titled “Has the Era of Gene Therapy Finally Arrived?” 

New lifeforms discovered that may revolutionize science!

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New lifeforms discovered that may revolutionize science!

How fishes will help futur astronauts in space

On September 14th 2017, Melissa Gaskill who is working at the International Space Station Program Office, wrote an article about how transparent fish called Medaka could help researchers find a solution to the bone density loss of astronauts. This phenomenon is due to the fact that in microgravity, the body does not work as much as when he is on earth. This causes the bone mass to decrease due to insufficient work. To prevent too much bone mass loss, the astronauts need to exercises at least two hours per day and have weeks of rehabilitation.

How We Might End Up Eating Organ Donors

Pigs and people, sadly for them and fortunately for us, are anatomically similar in shape and size, which makes them possibly fit to donate organs to humans – a process called “xenotransplantation”. As hazardous as this may sound, modern science is finding ways to make it safe.

The major issue with xenotransplantation is that pigs have viruses (known as “porcine endogenous retroviruses”, or PERVs) “embedded in their own DNA”. When pig and human cells grow alongside, which happens after transplantation, those viruses may get passed across cells and cause diseases such as cancer.

Les médias sociaux dans notre société

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Les médias sociaux ont été en action depuis les années 1990, mais ils sont devenus de plus en plus populaires lorsque les sites comme Facebook et Twitter ont été créés. Ils servent à beaucoup de choses dans notre vie de tous les jours, et des milliers d’utilisateurs naviguent ces médias quotidiennement. La question qu’on se pose est : les médias sociaux ; sont-ils excessifs dans notre société?