Science communication: 5 new frontiers

Science writing allows us to communicate science to the general public, but we can do more. Science art and other fields are moving us into a new revolution of science communication. Read on for the next frontiers of science communication.

UA Cancer Center Team Identifies a Switch that May Help Target Dormant Cancer Cells

Cells can enter a dormant state called quiescence, and dormant cancer cells are resistant to chemotherapy and other treatments. A team led by UA Cancer Center researcher Guang Yao, PhD, has identified ways to regulate cell dormancy and “wake” these cells from their “slumber” to make them susceptible to cancer treatments.

New Year, New Who? How to make and keep reasonable resolutions.

It’s a brand new year, and you’re ready to start out on a new goal. What’s your new year’s resolution?
It’s no secret that many people set unrealistic goals for the new year. Let’s talk about what a reasonable goal looks like, and then we’ll discuss ways to succeed at those goals.

Biology & Life – Today’s Science Word

Life is one of those things we often take for granted. But that may be because it’s just part of our existence every day. It might seem simple to define life as well, but it can be quite complex.  There are several things that scientists agree are essential to call something “alive”. In order for an…

Distal and Proximal – Today’s Science Word

Have you ever had difficulty describing where something is in relation to others? When scientists discuss where things are on a person or other animal, they also need words to compare.  Two such words are DISTAL and PROXIMAL. Distal means that something is further from either the center of the body or a point of…

The Building Blocks – Today’s Science Word

The most common product of a genetic instruction is the protein.  Proteins are workhorses of the cell, helping reactions to occur and transporting things from one place to another. The building blocks of proteins are AMINO ACIDS.  Amino acids are molecules that can link together like a chain.  On one end is an NH2 (also…

Your Genetic Code Book – Today’s Science Word

Your codebook of DNA holds all the instructions needed to make your cells function.  Each unit of instruction comes in the form of a GENE, a sequence of DNA that encodes for a trait. A given location (also called a locus) on a chromosome is home to a particular gene, which encodes for a particular…

Chromosome – Today’s Science Word

You have 3 billion bases in your DNA on 46 chromosomes (and 2 sex chromosomes), and if you stretched out, it would be 2m long!  So how can it fit into your cells? Your cells package the DNA, allowing it to access the pieces that it needs to read the instructions needs.  The rest is…

Into your DNA – Today’s Science Word

At the very core of making living things work is DNA, which stands for Deoxyribonucleic Acid.  DNA is just a  molecule, made up of different parts held together in a ladder-like structure.  We call this structure a double helix. DNA holds the genetic material that tells our cells how to make all the things we need…