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Understanding Pitch with Mandarin

Understanding Pitch with Mandarin

In music, notes can have different pitches. Pitch refers to how high or low a sound’s frequency is. Whether the note is C sharp or E-flat, these tonal differences allow us to have a great sense of musicality and a sharp acuity to the various notes. Although many people struggle with finding the correct pitch,… Read more

Helium-Sodium Compound Forms Under High Pressures

Helium-Sodium Compound Forms Under High Pressures

Helium, the second element in the periodic table, possesses an electron configuration which prohibits it from forming bonds with other atoms. The 1s^2  electron configuration indicates the element has a complete outer shell containing two electrons. In addition, helium possesses zero electron affinity—the energy change that occurs when an electron is added to a gaseous… Read more

Nickel Extraction Through Electrochemical Process

Nickel Extraction Through Electrochemical Process

New Caledonia, an island in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, contains ten percent of the world’s nickel reserves and is one of the world’s largest nickel producers. While nickel mining plays an important role in the island’s economy, it also poses a significant danger to humans and other organisms. Nickel (and other heavy-metal) runoffs contaminate surrounding… Read more

Synthesizing Enamel-Like Materials

Synthesizing Enamel-Like Materials

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan led by Nicholas Kotov has synthesized a material possessing a similar structure to natural enamel. Enamel—the non-living outer coating of teeth—comprises of parallel microscale and nanoscale columns of stiff, inorganic material embedded in a protein matrix. Because of its unique composition and structure, enamel can endure… Read more

Metal-Extracting Plants

Metal-Extracting Plants

Heavy metals play a significant role in our everyday lives, from the individual components of your smartphone to the gasoline you insert into your car. However, at low concentrations, these high-density metals are hazardous to human health. Human activities, such as mining and industry, have exposed and led to accumulations of these toxic chemicals in… Read more

Zealandia: The Eighth Continent

Zealandia: The Eighth Continent

A Geographical Breakthrough It might be time to forget what you’ve learned in geography class. A group of scientists led by Nick Mortimer recently published a journal which suggests that there is a mass of continuous land including New Zealand, New Caledonia, and various surrounding islands. But it hasn’t been exactly a new idea– scientists have long… Read more

Water Access and Childhood Illness

Water Access and Childhood Illness

Over 20 million people in the United States do not have access to clean, treated drinking water. This issue is growing rapidly in urban areas of the country. A researcher at Florida State University’s Geology Department examined a potential link between untreated drinking water, childhood illness, and climate change. In particular, he analyzed childhood gastrointestinal (GI)… Read more

AI as a New Cancer Detection Tool

AI as a New Cancer Detection Tool

Skin cancer is arguably the most common type of cancer. One in five Americans will develop some sort of skin cancer over the course of his or her lifetime. However, not all skin cancers are equal. While melanoma accounts for less than 1% of all new skin cancer diagnoses, it accounts for the majority of… Read more

Genetically Edited Foods: The Next GMO?

Genetically Edited Foods: The Next GMO?

We are currently engaged in ongoing debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). While the consensus of the scientific community states that these organisms are safe for consumption, many want foodstuffs containing these organisms labeled. However, the GMO vs. conventional food debate is about to become much more complicated. The introduction of genetically edited foods may… Read more

Spider Silk Antibiotics

Spider Silk Antibiotics

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Nottingham has designed a method to create synthetic spider silk containing antibiotic properties. Five years after their chance encounter, Professor Neil Thomas from the School of Chemistry and Dr. Sara Goodacre from the School of Life Sciences (and their teams) combined their specialties in this extraordinary… Read more