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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

New Species found in Trinidad

New Species found in Trinidad

For the last two weeks, I was on a short vacation in Trinidad and Tobago, a single nation of two small islands in the Caribbean. During my stay there, I met with Dr. Judith Gobin, a marine biologist at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad, who recently found 83 species living off… Read more

No More Yearly Flu Shots?

No More Yearly Flu Shots?

As winter looms upon the world, viruses are preparing to wreak havoc on our bodies. However, individuals are opting to get flu shots to provide immunity against any future infections. Unfortunately, we need to get flu shots on a yearly basis since viruses are prone to mutate. These mutations often occur within the viral DNA,… Read more

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