Amritha Parthasarathy

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  • How Things Work: Nor'easters

    The recent threat of heavy snow may seem like odd weather for late April. Although the prediction of snow in Pittsburgh fell through, more than two feet of snow fell about 70 miles away in Laurel Summit, Pa., according to The Washington Post. The culprit? A weather system called a nor’easter, a type of storm that typically passes through the East Coast and quickly drops large amounts of rain and s...

    SciTech | April 30, 2012
  • How Things Work: Inner machinations of hailstorms

    Repeated thudding noises on your window might have you looking at small white pellets, commonly known as hail. Hail is a form of precipitation: Small pieces of ice fall from the sky and cause more than a billion dollars in damage each year, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office.

    SciTech | April 23, 2012
  • How Things Work: Antihistamines block allergy triggers

    The spring season brings blooming flowers, pleasant breezes, clear skies, and, unfortunately, allergies. Just thinking of allergies might induce mental pictures of stuffy noses, watery eyes, and sneezing. Usually, people will take a variety of medications for treating allergies, including steroids and allergy shots. One of the first medications typically given is an antihistamine, which works by b...

    SciTech | March 26, 2012
  • How Things Work: Taste

    Taste is an integral part of people’s daily lives. With so many different reasons to eat or not to eat a certain food, taste vastly simplifies the decision of what to eat, and whether to keep eating. Yet scientists know less about taste than they do about hearing and sight. What makes it so complicated? How exactly does taste work?

    SciTech | February 13, 2012
  • SciTech Briefs

    Skin cancer drug reverses Alzheimer’s

    Researchers at Case Reserve University’s School of Medicine recently gave large doses of Bexarotene, a drug that treats skin cancer, to mice that showed signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Within 72 hours, the mice showed improvements in memory and an over 50 percent decrease of amyloid beta, a protein associated with Alzheimer’s in the brain.

    SciTech | February 13, 2012