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MCAT 101

What is the MCAT? The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is the main entrance exam for medical schools in Canada, the U.S and other countries, administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). It is computer-based and currently composed of three sections: Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences. The Writing Section was removed… Keep Reading

Physics paradox proposes universal Inception

What are the chances that our existence—or lack thereof—could be a mere projection from someone or something’s mind, just like the premise of The Matrix or Inception? Ludwig Boltzmann (1844-1906), the same German physicist who derived the blackbody radiation laws, proposed this reasoning during the 1800s and it is still discussed today as one of the most interesting and disturbing ideas of science. Keep Reading

Music, like drum circles, is suspected to have healing qualities. (gogobot.com)

The health benefits of “taking five”

  Three weeks ago when I volunteered to play music for patients at the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH), I was given a special request to play in the psychiatric care centre. The managers who made this request noted that researchers recently released evidence that music can counter the ‘sundowning effect,’ an increased anxiety and restlessness… Keep Reading

The DSM-5 Response Committee fears the over-diagnosis of patients, particularly children and the elderly. (mercyclinicsdesmoines.org)

Up in arms against mental illness diagnosis

In times of stress, students are accustomed to the familiar feelings of anxiety and mood changes. However, although people encounter stress from exams, work, and life’s challenges, this natural response to the demands placed on the body should not be classified as severe anxiety or depression. One of the most important references for mental health… Keep Reading

Conflicting studies on health benefits of eggs agree that they should be avoided with high cholesterol levels. (hautelife.ca)

A healthy breakfast or worse than smoking?

The question of whether eggs are a healthy protein source or a deadly cholesterol bomb is among the most disputed topics in dietary sciences. An online query into the subject proves more confusing than helpful—many studies give contradicting results. Some say that eating eggs is worse than smoking, while others maintain the meal is an… Keep Reading

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Science Capsule

Building a house out of French fries seems like a bad idea, but fried potatoes and lumber are, chemically, very similar. Only one bond distinguishes the food we enjoy from the wood with which we build. Potatoes, made from starches, and lumber, made from cellulose, are both derived from the same sugar molecule: glucose. In… Keep Reading

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Quantum computers: science fiction brought to life

Constructing the fastest computer has always been a huge challenge posed by technology. In the past, computer developments werheld back, as the machines, though extremely fast, could only perform one binary operation at a time. Today, this is no longer true. In May 2011, computing company D-Wave released the first commercial quantum computers, which run… Keep Reading

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Taking a broader view of nicotine addiction

Over the past 20 years, scientists have completed hundreds of studies on the adverse effects of nicotine consumption—especially from cigarette usage. However, the progress made in lowering the fatalities and costs from the drug has been disappointing, given the amount of money put into these studies. Approximately 37,000 deaths and $4.4 billion in hospital fees… Keep Reading

Phone passwords are a simple data security measure. (i41.tinypic.com)

CWTA creates blacklist for stolen mobile devices

By Sept. 2013, would-be thieves may not want to bother with cell phones and wireless devices. The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) is working with the Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association (GSMA) to create a global database—employing new strategies to fight cell phone theft. The groups hope these new strategies will eliminate any profit from selling… Keep Reading

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