Posts Categorized: The Blog

I’ve Bean Thinking: What are the Effects of Coffee on Memory?

I’ve Bean Thinking: What are the Effects of Coffee on Memory?

Nowadays, with over 400 billion cups consumed every year, coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. The sweet aroma of ground beans is familiar to any time of the day. Many people look forward to starting off their morning, sipping the warm liquid out of their favorite beach themed mug. Teenagers gather in… Read more

The Sun: A Fascinating Star

The Sun: A Fascinating Star

The nearest star to us, the Sun, is important in many ways. Not only does it help sustain life on Earth, but it also provides astrophysicists with information on how stars work. It is an average size star, and yet makes up 99.8% of the total mass of the Solar System. Studying it allows to… Read more

MIT Has Built a Mind-Reading Device

MIT Has Built a Mind-Reading Device

Yes, this is real.  Go ahead and read the headline again.  It will still say the same thing. This is not a hoax.  MIT has built a device that can essentially read your mind.  The device allows you to communicate with a computer system with your thoughts. The device, called AlterEgo, is a wearable headset… Read more

Sonic Black Holes: A Model

Sonic Black Holes: A Model

Black holes in the Universe are mysterious phenomena. Cosmologists hardly know anything about them, and even if something is known about them, they are all just hypotheses. These hypotheses are very hard to verify, as black holes cannot be controlled or modified in a lab. Parameters and influence of conditions cannot be tested on black… Read more

Baryogenisis: how matter came to be

Baryogenisis: how matter came to be

One of the greatest mysteries of the Universe, apart from its reason for existing, is the question “How?” : how did we come to be, how did it all start… These existential questions can throw us into Nihilistic thought, but they can also make us look further, deeper, in an attempt to find meaning in… Read more

Stem Cell Experimentation for Central Nervous System Injuries

Stem Cell Experimentation for Central Nervous System Injuries

Patients who suffer from spinal cord injuries have a very difficult time recovering. The patient’s spinal cord, from the site of the injury all the way down will lose function, resulting in paralysis. Spinal cord injuries fall into the category of central nervous system (CNS) injuries, characterized by the difficulty of patient recovery. CNS neurons have… Read more

Mirror Neurons: Underlying Human Empathy

Mirror Neurons: Underlying Human Empathy

Most people can recall feeling embarrassed due to a situation they witnessed, or sad after seeing someone else cry. What causes these second-hand emotions? It turns out cells called mirror neurons play a role in our reactions in these sorts of scenarios. What are mirror neurons? Neuronal cells make up the circuitry of the brain…. Read more

The Big Bang – A Model

The Big Bang – A Model

The Big Bang theory, a well-known model of the Universe proposed a century ago by the astronomer Georges Lemaître, is one of the most well-known theories explaining the beginning of the Universe. However, scientists have not yet proved or refuted this theory. How can we say, then, that the Big Bang is a possibility? The… Read more

What is Dark Matter?

What is Dark Matter?

We live in on planet Earth, where the atmosphere is made of elements such as nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide and where its inhabitants, like us and all living things we see, are composed of mostly carbon-based compounds. Earth is, in turn, situated within a Solar System, where other rocky and gaseous planets rotate around… Read more

Remembering Stephen Hawking

Remembering Stephen Hawking

On Wednesday 14th March, the scientific community lost one of the key figures in popularising science. Stephen Hawking, cosmologist and professor at University of Cambridge, actively made science accessible to non-scientists by writing books such as “A Brief History of Time” and “The Universe in a Nutshell“. These books not only inspired many young people… Read more