Wild and Weird Ways Animals Keep Cool

Credit: iStock School is out, and temperatures are on the rise. It’s official: Summer has arrived. Staying cool is on everyone’s mind, but unlike people, most animals aren’t able to seek the comfort of air conditioning or even able to sweat! Here in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, horses, like humans, usually work up a … Continue reading Wild and Weird Ways Animals Keep Cool

Spotlight On: Mitochondria

Credit: iStock You may remember learning about mitochondria, the “powerhouse of the cell” in science class. Mitochondria earned this nickname because of their ability to maintain the supply of a chemical called ATP that is our primary source of energy. Mitochondria help with almost every reaction in our body that requires energy, from contracting our … Continue reading Spotlight On: Mitochondria

Animal Research in the Fight against COVID-19

Credit: Understanding Animal Research As of June 9, the World Health Organization had listed 136 potential vaccines on its registry of candidates to combat the novel coronavirus—also known as SARS-CoV-2—which causes COVID-19. Ten of those are in clinical trials; the other 126 are in what is known as “pre-clinical trials.” What’s the difference? In clinical … Continue reading Animal Research in the Fight against COVID-19

Blood Pressure and Alzheimer’s Disease: Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain

Credit: iStock It’s important to monitor your blood pressure and keep it within normal levels to prevent life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and stroke. But you might not know that maintaining a normal blood pressure is also important for brain health and can help reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Over time, … Continue reading Blood Pressure and Alzheimer’s Disease: Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain

Your Brain During Microsleep

Credit: iStock If you’ve ever forgotten your morning cup of coffee and noticed yourself dozing off in the middle of the day, you might have experienced microsleep, a brief but very deep episode of drowsiness. Microsleep and regular sleep affect our bodies in similar ways, including changing our brain activity and decreasing how much attention … Continue reading Your Brain During Microsleep

The Power of Gratitude to Improve Mental and Physical Wellness

Credit: iStock In a world that seems out of our control, one thing we can control is our thoughts. We can actively choose to focus on things we are thankful for, such as a sunny day. By looking for things to be grateful for we develop a “gratitude attitude.” Gratitude is different from optimism as … Continue reading The Power of Gratitude to Improve Mental and Physical Wellness

How Physiologists Are Helping Patients Recover from COVID-19

Credit: iStock The entire world started to shut down earlier this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, and most businesses came to a standstill. The streets are now quiet and face masks commonplace. People are working from home, many parks and beaches are still vacant and the concern over the spread of the new severe … Continue reading How Physiologists Are Helping Patients Recover from COVID-19

Just Be Yourself—and Maybe Somebody Else Too

Credit: iStock You may remember learning in biology class that the combination of genetic material from both of your parents is part of what makes you unique. The combination of DNA from your parents becomes your personal genetic code that you will pass on if you have children. But in some rare cases, a person … Continue reading Just Be Yourself—and Maybe Somebody Else Too

Teaching and Learning through Retrieval

Credit: iStock Four summers ago, I read “Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning” by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III and Mark A. McDaniel. This book changed my life by teaching me how to use a teaching and learning tool called “retrieval.” Retrieval means putting away study resources such as books and … Continue reading Teaching and Learning through Retrieval

Podcasting to Increase Your Scientific Reach in a Time of Social Distancing

Credit: iStock COVID-19—the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus—has brought nearly all nonessential research activities—almost any research not related to the disease effort—to a halt. Many scientists now find themselves with a bit more time away from the bench and may have a little more time to write scientific articles, analyze data or develop … Continue reading Podcasting to Increase Your Scientific Reach in a Time of Social Distancing