Akanksha Vaidya Tartan Alumna

Class of 2011


  • HealthLine

    High levels of mercury in tuna

    A report issued by the international conservation group Oceana states that the levels of mercury in fresh tuna sold in stores across the country are exceedingly high.

    Many of the samples tested by Oceana had excess mercury in relation to the limits issued by the Food and Drug Administration.

    SciTech | January 28, 2008
  • Health: Bird Flu

    We tend to take the term “common cold” quite literally. A sneeze is usually dismissed with no more than a “bless you” and a tissue.

    However, this simple sneeze may not be as harmless as we may believe.

    Avian influenza or “bird flu,” as it is more commonly known, also starts off with a simple sneeze — leading to something far worse than the common cold.

    SciTech | January 21, 2008
  • Updating board games

    For those of us who have grown up playing Monopoly, Clue, and Life, here’s a thought to consider: Perhaps the games have grown up with us, too. Monopoly, which has always been the classic game of hoarding little colored strips of paper (i.e., Monopoly “money”) has now been updated to being the classic game of hoarding millions in little plastic cards with Visa logos on them.

    Pillbox | November 19, 2007
  • fMRI data reveals brain activity in object recognition

    In an effort to decrypt some of the most intriguing secrets of the brain, researchers have found that visual recognition of objects is not a one-step process.

    Research performed at the University of Pittsburgh suggests that visual recognition is a stepwise process in which different parts of the brain process information before an object is actually recognized.

    SciTech | November 5, 2007
  • Lessons in lithography

    Dating back to the 18th century, lithography is a method of printmaking unique for its chemical properties. Essentially, it is the process of printing on stone (lithos is the Greek word for stone), though no design is ever engraved onto the stone.

    Pillbox | October 1, 2007