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The Future of Perovskite Solar Cells

The Future of Perovskite Solar Cells

Solar energy is a growing source of renewable energy in the United States. Since 2008, installations of solar photovoltaic devices have increased from 1.2 gigawatts to approximately 30 gigawatts, generating enough energy to power 5.7 million American homes. Additionally, costs for solar photovoltaic technology have decreased, allowing it to become an affordable and accessible alternative… Read more

The Science Behind a Stutter

The Science Behind a Stutter

“Did I stutter?” Almost everyone is guilty of saying those three words — as a joke, of course. A playful, sarcastic jab. Not so fast. 1% of the world population actually suffers from the disorder- that’s nearly 70 million people, 3 million in the U.S alone. But that hasn’t stopped the misconceptions surrounding it. Contrary… Read more

Vaccination at All Ages

Vaccination at All Ages

To many adults, especially in the United States, getting a vaccine other than the routine flu shot is uncommon. Over-eighteen vaccinations tend to be on the rarer side. In those one-off cases, people assume you’re getting catch-up shots you missed from childhood—or maybe getting vaccinated before your vacation overseas to higher risk areas (e.g. locations… Read more

Fossil Fuels – Could They Cause Dementia?

Fossil Fuels – Could They Cause Dementia?

        Fossil fuels have long been known to cause tons of adverse health effects, including reduced lung function, irregular heartbeat, and asthma attacks — in fact, their combustion is known to cause the deaths of over 20,000 people a year in the US. The culprit is often referred to as PM2.5, particles… Read more

Converting Carbon Dioxide to Fuel

Converting Carbon Dioxide to Fuel

The world’s dependence on fossil fuels as energy sources is accompanied by various benefits and detriments. Over the last two hundred years, utilization of these nonrenewable resources, like coal, oil and natural gas, bolstered progress in economic and social development. However, despite the advancements made for human civilization, long-term use of fossil fuels has released… Read more

A Breath of Fresh Air? Carbon Scrubbing’s Controversy

A Breath of Fresh Air? Carbon Scrubbing’s Controversy

The Climeworks AG facility, just outside of Zurich, Switzerland, established itself as a front runner in the fight against carbon emissions: it is the first plant to capture, then sell, carbon dioxide from the air. While not efficient, the developers believe that, despite copious skepticism and doubt, that “air capture” technology can effectively remove 1%… Read more

Fire ice, a possible breakthrough in fuels

Fire ice, a possible breakthrough in fuels

The first Industrial Revolution, that took place nearly 150 years ago, introduced to humanity coal as a basic form of energy. And while the global economic landscape started to change, many other types of fuels started to emerge. As time went by, cleaner and renewable sources of energy were introduced as well as we realized… Read more

We’ll Call It Gender Nonconforming

We’ll Call It Gender Nonconforming

We’ll call it gender non-conforming While something of a sore subject where humans are concerned, there is very little room for debate about the fluidity of sex and gender in the animal kingdom, especially when the debate is taking place…. underwater? Flatworms are hermaphroditic- that is, they contain both male and female sex organs. Which… Read more

Are Irma and Harvey a Product of Global Warming?

Are Irma and Harvey a Product of Global Warming?

     A lot of focus has been on the hurricanes hitting the southeast United States this year. Hurricane Harvey devastated much of Texas and Hurricane Irma flooded parts of Florida. Additionally, there have also been multiple other hurricanes and tropical storms this season that did not receive as much press. Irma and Harvey were… Read more

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and Tampons

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and Tampons

Menstrual cycles, known more commonly as periods, are a part of the lives of half of the population of the world. It’s a natural process that has created a requirement for feminine sanitary products. It would be very difficult to handle daily activities in those days without these products. But, there are health concerns associated… Read more