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Teixobactin – The Antibiotic to Revolutionize Medicine

Teixobactin – The Antibiotic to Revolutionize Medicine

At the time Teixobactin was discovered, twenty-eight years had gone by since a new antibiotic had been founded. That’s right – until 2015, the most up-to-date antibiotic development occurred in 1987. So, though it goes without being said, the introduction of Teixobactin into society completely altered modern medicine.   How Was Teixobactin Found? Researchers discovered… Read more

Gravitational Waves – A Crash Course

Gravitational Waves – A Crash Course

With the recent Nobel prize announcements and the ongoing Nobel Week in Stockholm, gravitational waves are back in the public spotlight. The 2017 Nobel Laureates for Physics this year are Kip Thorne, Rainer Weiss, and Barry Barish, “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”. But what are gravitational waves? If… Read more

The Physics for Atomic Nuclei Program – My Experience

The Physics for Atomic Nuclei Program – My Experience

In July 2015 I had the chance to attend the Physics for Atomic Nuclei (PAN) program at Michigan State University, a one week course centered around the study of nuclear physics. Not only did this allow me to expand my horizons and increase my knowledge of the subject, but it also gave me a taste… Read more

A Summary of the Cochlear Implant Dilemma

A Summary of the Cochlear Implant Dilemma

New advances in science have always inspired heated debate between proponents for and opponents against, but rarely does a development split a group in two. With the introduction of the cochlear implant less than a decade ago, deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families have been personally divided by the new hearing device…. Read more

The Swissmetro: An Innovative Concept

The Swissmetro: An Innovative Concept

In recent years, one of the most futuristic ideas in the field of transportation has been that of the Hyperloop – a high-speed train proposed by Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX.  However, the Hyperloop was not the first of its kind. Many other ideas for high-speed trains were proposed before the Hyperloop, but they… Read more

Phage Therapy: Antibiotic’s Spiritual Successor

Phage Therapy: Antibiotic’s Spiritual Successor

Traditionally, bacterial infections are met with routine antibiotics. As long as the patient follows the directions on the bottle, symptoms resolve, right? Not anymore. The emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains, or “super bugs,” has already rendered some diseases untreatable by standard prescriptions. A report from the World Health Organization in September sounded the alarm: due to… Read more

The Need for CRISPR Education

The Need for CRISPR Education

Unlike any other scientific field, biology is rife with excitement. New biotechnology techniques have brought about increased biomedical, environmental, agricultural, and clinical progress. While at the same time a growing global population motivates health initiatives and solutions even further. As a result of this brouhaha, biologists are in high demand both in industry and university settings. In… Read more

The Ethical Dilemma to a Tattoo

The Ethical Dilemma to a Tattoo

A 70 year old man with an elevated blood alcohol level was taken into the Jackson Memorial Hospital emergency room in Miami when doctors found something that led them from trying to save him as quickly as possible to buying time. The man had a chest tattoo that said “Do Not Resuscitate.” The word “Not”… Read more

Machine Learning: An Intro

Machine Learning: An Intro

We are living in a world where the amount of data we can access is monumental. But while having access to a large amount of data is great, having the tools to analyze and draw conclusions out of it is extremely important. Otherwise, we end up with a pile of information which is unusable. That’s… Read more

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