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January

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    Tackling Philly Food Deserts with 3D-Printed Hydroponic Systems

    January 20, 2018

    In a city known for its exploding restaurant scene, many low-income Philadelphians struggle daily with limited access to fresh, affordable food. Elise Krespan, a dual master’s student of biology and design research at Drexel, is working with colleagues in the URBN STEAMlab to alleviate widespread issues of food inaccessibility using 3D-printed hydroponic systems that grow produce without soil.

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    New Startup Proves You Can Catch Flies with Sugar

    January 17, 2018

    A sixth-grade science fair project in 2014 led to the discovery that erythritol, the main component of Truvia, is a natural insecticide. Today, that discovery is the basis of a new Drexel-backed startup, BioLogic Insecticide. Simon D. Kaschock-Marenda, now a freshman at Drexel in the College of Engineering, was 11 when he noticed that Drosophila melanogaster, commonly known as fruit flies, died much quicker when they fed on Truvia than on other sweeteners. His father, Daniel Marenda, PhD, professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, was unconvinced at first.

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    4 Ways Climate Change Can Affect the Brain

    January 11, 2018

    The typical images that “climate change” conjures include disappearing coastlines and melting polar ice. But what about animals’ brains — including our own? Can they be affected by the changing climate? Sean O’Donnell, PhD, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, argues that they absolutely can.

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  • Drexel Biology Student Cutler Whitely

    Carving A New Path

    January 11, 2018

    Cutler Whitely felt the tender spot where his head hit the ice and tried to remember his teammate’s name. His snowboard had slipped out during a routine trick on the rail, sending him hurtling head-first onto the icy Colorado mountain. His brain lurched with the effects of his third concussion — temporary memory loss that day, and migraines and light sensitivity in the days that followed. Recovering in the hospital, Whitely called his mother and told her he was going to leave professional snowboarding.

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    Little Wasp Bodies Means Little Wasp Brain Regions, Study Shows

    January 02, 2018

    A Drexel study looking at 19 species of paper wasps found that body size may lead to variation in the complex parts of their brains.

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