How to talk to yourself

By Andrew O’Keeffe Commonly, we think of communication occurring between individuals of a species. However, within the individual, different organs and cells must also communicate with each other. The nervous system can coordinate the functions of different organs throughout the body quicker than the blink of an eye. A neuron (nerve cell) depicting the axon…

How algae disappear from corals during a bleaching event

by Tamaki Bieri Coral bleaching in the news Currently, the third massive worldwide coral reef bleaching event is unfolding.  Corals from Hawaii to the Indian Ocean are affected, and recently, the worst bleaching ever witnessed in the Great Barrier Reef was reported. Once rare, coral bleaching events have increased both in frequency and severity over…

Computers Inspired by the Human Brain

By Gina Adam You may be able to read this text effortlessly but don’t be fooled into thinking that reading is an easy task! It took you many years of learning and long hours in school to become proficient at recognizing letters and words. How does your brain do it? The brain consists of 10 billion cells called…