Figure 1. Researchers developed a programmable synthetic tissue that mimics the adaptable structure of cephalopod papillae.

Octopus Inspired Synthetic Tissue

By Meghan Bialt-DeCelie ’19 One of the most notable features of cephalopods like octopus and cuttlefish is their ability to quickly camouflage with the environment by changing the color and texture of their skin. They are able to dynamically adapt the textures of their skin by contracting muscular hydrostat structures referred to as papillae. Researchers,…

Figure 1. Belgian researchers have made a breakthrough in cancer research by linking fructose 1,6-bisphosphate to the production of Ras molecules, which are commonly found in tumor cells.

Researchers Clarify the Link Between Sugar and Cancer

By Meenu Johnkutty ’21 Researchers from the Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology in Belgium have achieved a breakthrough in cancer research. Their project, which began in 2008, finally came to completion after nine long years. The scientists’ focus was the Warburg effect, a phenomenon in which cancer cells rapidly break down sugar molecules, stimulating tumor…

Figure 1. A German study recently revealed that video gamers may have an advantage in learning that non video gamers do not have.

Do Video Gamers Have an Edge in Learning?

By Meenu Johnkutty ’21 Learning is an everyday occurrence that extends beyond the traditional classroom setting, whether it be quickly memorizing a bus route or remembering a colleague’s number. A recent study led by Dr. Sabrina Schenk of Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, revealed that video gamers may have an edge in learning over non…