Sleeping One Hemisphere at a Time

Unihemispheric sleep has got to be one of the coolest adaptations around. Animals like dolphins have evolved to breathe air but live under water. This makes sleep a risky endeavor, unless you develop a mechanism that allows you to always be a little bit awake. By keeping one hemisphere of their brain awake at allContinue reading “Sleeping One Hemisphere at a Time”

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Rats

The first lab I worked in studied yeast cells. They also had worms (C. elegans) in the lab, but even those were a little too much for me to stomach. Today, I’ve been working with rodents for seven years. How do people conduct experiments on other animals? I’ve found that the more you appreciate theContinue reading “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Rats”

Human Eye Structure Makes No Sense…Or Does It?

When you take in visual information, it goes all the way to the back of the eye before you even start to process it. This seems counterintuitive. Wouldn’t it make more sense to start processing information at the outer edge of your eye and move inward toward the rest of the brain? Visual processing ifContinue reading “Human Eye Structure Makes No Sense…Or Does It?”

Midnight Snacks Could Be the Death of You

There’s nothing as harmless as a midnight snack, right? As it turns out, what you eat is only part of the equation for a healthy lifestyle. When you have those snacks is also a huge factor in keeping you healthy. I was fortunate enough to attend a seminar held by Dr. Joseph Takahashi, a collaboratorContinue reading “Midnight Snacks Could Be the Death of You”