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Dire warnings about climate change increase in frequency

Climate change is a phrase we have all heard and are likely to hear again. Now, it’s not just the usual warnings of higher temperatures or melting ice caps. Two different reports both ring alarm bells and warn of dire consequences in the not-too-distant-future stemming from climate change. The United Nations will release a report […]

BU professors hail evidence of cosmic inflation as ‘most exciting’ astronomical discovery in 15 years

When you hear about the Big Bang, what do you think? Do you worry about having missed last night’s episode of The Big Bang Theory? Well, then you must have had quite a week given that the cosmological event was mentioned everywhere you turned. Last week, a team of researchers from Harvard University called the BICEP2 […]

BU researchers find a happy ending: Storybook shows young children can understand difficult scientific concept of natural selection

Once upon a time. It is an exposition as classic as storybooks themselves. From fairytale collections to choose-your-own-adventure series, storybooks have been used for decades as means of conveying morals to young children: Be kind. Eat your vegetables. It is OK to be scared. Don’t take too much from a tree. Adaptation through natural selection […]

THC for HIV: Researchers connect psychoactive ingredient of medical marijuana to HIV treatment

Approximately 50,000 new HIV infections are reported in the United States every year, according to the HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report of 2012. It inevitably progresses into chronic AIDS, and as no major, straightforward cure exists, scientists have proposed alternative treatments as a means of mitigating the disease’s effects. Now, researchers believe that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in […]

A place to ‘build stuff’: Touring Boston University’s EPIC facilities

“Making stuff is cool.” So says Gerry Fine, director of Boston University’s Engineering Product Innovation Center, where Wonka-esque pure imagination meets pragmatic, hands-on experience. The Center, aptly referred to as the EPIC, opened its doors at 750 Commonwealth Ave. in January, and since then, officials and students have been hard at work putting its opportunities to […]