Hidden Figures- 7 Prominent African Americans in Science that Were Not Taught in School

Mahala Herron Black History, Culture

Photo by Francisco Schmidt via Flickr I recently saw Hidden Figures at the Westwood Village theater and it was inspiring, to say the least. The phenomenal (and I do mean phenomenal) movie is about three Black women who worked at the Langley Research Center as scientists and mathematicians who helped launch NASA’s first successful space missions in 1962. It starred my …

Health Concerns for ADHD Children

Briana Tracy Archive

Photo via Flickr On Tuesday, May 3rd, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publically expressed concerns about medicinal treatments for toddlers and young children diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that parents of young children with the diagnosis try behavior therapy first, but less than half are receiving such services. 75 percent …

New Study Finds Marijuana Use Leads to Lower Cognitive Function

Brian Griffith Archive

Photo by James St. John via Flickr Have you smoked marijuana recently? If yes, you may be negatively affecting your cognitive function. According to a recent study, users of marijuana (also known as weed) remembered fewer words during middle age in comparison to those who do not use the substance. They also exhibited lower performance in all three aspects of cognitive function: verbal …

California Natural Gas Storage Facility Causing Major Pollution

Jerzy Messan Archive

Photo by Earthworks via Flickr After flying his pollution detecting airplanes around California, UC Davis scientist Stephan Conley reported that that the Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon storage field has emitted high levels of methane into the air. Methane, a greenhouse gas that is significantly more detrimental to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, makes Porter Ranch, a suburban area …

What About Global Warming?

Brian Griffith Archive

Photo by Climate Safety via Flickr Global warming or global climate change has been an issue for years, specifically in the 21st century. 2015, according to CNN News, was the hottest year on record. The change does not seem to be too monstrous, right now. Looking at the day to day, we do not tend to notice the difference between …

Poverty May Be Linked to Inadequate Brain Development in Children

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Young children who come from impoverished communities are more likely to encounter academic obstacles later in life.  Recent studies suggest that poverty may have a notable physiological impact on the brains of young children. On October 28, researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri published a study in JAMA Pediatrics journal linking inhibited brain development …