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Ammonia Synthesis with Lithium

Ammonia Synthesis with Lithium

Approximately 150 million metric tons of ammonia is produced annually. A significant amount of the ammonia generated is used to make fertilizers, notably ammonium nitrate. Currently, the primary method of synthesizing ammonia involves the Haber Bosch process. The Haber Bosch process is based on the reaction between molecular nitrogen from the air and hydrogen derived… Read more

Vaping: A Potential Health Concern

Vaping: A Potential Health Concern

E-cigarette use has grown approximately 900% among high school students between 2011 and 2015, according to Rob McConnell, an internal medicine specialist at USC. However, as young adolescents are lured into e-cigarettes by their appeal as a “healthy alternative” to cigarettes, what are the major health concerns of e-cigarettes or vaping? Vaping, the inhalation of… Read more

Plastic-eating Organisms

Plastic-eating Organisms

Over eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans every year. The forget about it mentality pervades society, and they ignore a massive problem that plagues marine life. The newest data, according to a study published in Science, claims that the sheer tonnage of plastic burdening oceans every year is equal to 5… Read more

Blue Light: The Sleep Killer

Blue Light: The Sleep Killer

Sleep is pivotal for every human being. Whether you are an adult or a teenager, a good night sleep can provide increased cognitive reasoning, wider attention span, and simply a good feeling to tackle the day. However, there are many ways in which we can get a lack of sleep or even a bad sleep…. Read more

Wanderlust: Is it genetic?

Wanderlust: Is it genetic?

As the world becomes more globalized, traveling keeps getting easier. Low-cost flights have made going away for a short weekend or a long vacation as easy as pie. It is the best time to be alive for those of us who cannot stay in one place. Some people seem to have an unquenchable thirst to… Read more

Converting Seawater to Fuel

Converting Seawater to Fuel

Hydrogen is an alternative fuel which can be synthesized from various domestic resources. Highly abundant in the environment, hydrogen is stored in water, hydrocarbons, and other organic compounds. Interest in hydrogen as a substitution for conventional fossil fuels spurs from its ability to produce zero emissions when burned with oxygen. However, challenges of using hydrogen… Read more

Life in Our Solar System?

Life in Our Solar System?

Are we alone in the Universe? A popular question that sprung from our need to explore and confirm that the Earth isn’t the only special planet that happened to harbor life, in want of assuring ourselves that we are insignificant in the grand scale of the Universe, and of the randomness of science in general…. Read more

Supermachine: How AIs Are Changing the Pharmaceutical Industry

Supermachine: How AIs Are Changing the Pharmaceutical Industry

The life of a potential drug is rockier than the life of an aspiring pop star. Out of the ten to the sixtieth number of potential drugs in the universe, it must be one out of thousands excavated by the chemist. It must then claw its way to the top by surviving brutal clinical trials along… Read more

Semiconductors: Waveguides and Technology

Semiconductors: Waveguides and Technology

Technology has been improving at a quick rate compared to the centuries before; our smartphones have much more power than supercomputers made decades ago. Although this is true, the semiconductor industry has to come up with new ways to improve current technology. We’re reaching the smallest we can make components that make our devices work. One way researchers… Read more

Nuclear Waste and its Disposal

Nuclear Waste and its Disposal

As our society has come to acknowledge the limits and ill effects of fossil fuels, we are turning toward non-conventional sources of energy. Nuclear energy is the most reliable method of energy production we utilize. One of its downfalls, however, is the nuclear waste associated with it. Since nuclear energy is so prominent in our… Read more