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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

How to Win the Winter Olympics as a Ski Racer Using Organic Compounds

How to Win the Winter Olympics as a Ski Racer Using Organic Compounds

As the Winter Olympics came and went, phenomenal ski racers raced for the gold medal. With a strong mindset, long practices, and certain techniques refined, there is another key ingredient to the recipe of winning. The answer is wax. Wax is a polymer, a substance that has many subunits (monomers) combined together and help create… Read more

Weight Lifting – Is It For Children?

Weight Lifting – Is It For Children?

Children are always encouraged by their clinicians to do physical activity in order to have healthy bones. While low to moderate exercise is necessary in pre-adulthood for proper bone formation, it is unclear whether certain types of physical activity should be avoided as children in order to prevent bone damage. Despite the fact that mechanical… Read more

Figure Skater: Physics on Ice

Figure Skater: Physics on Ice

Recently, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 2018 Winter Olympic Games concluded following a closing ceremony packed with culture and athletes. Over two weeks of international competition, the world witnessed many moments that will be remembered as the highlights of another Olympic games. According to online data found here, figure skating remains one of the most popularly… Read more