Posts Categorized: The Blog

Life in Our Solar System?

Life in Our Solar System?

Are we alone in the Universe? A popular question that sprung from our need to explore and confirm that the Earth isn’t the only special planet that happened to harbor life, in want of assuring ourselves that we are insignificant in the grand scale of the Universe, and of the randomness of science in general…. Read more

Supermachine: How AIs Are Changing the Pharmaceutical Industry

Supermachine: How AIs Are Changing the Pharmaceutical Industry

The life of a potential drug is rockier than the life of an aspiring pop star. Out of the ten to the sixtieth number of potential drugs in the universe, it must be one out of thousands excavated by the chemist. It must then claw its way to the top by surviving brutal clinical trials along… Read more

Semiconductors: Waveguides and Technology

Semiconductors: Waveguides and Technology

Technology has been improving at a quick rate compared to the centuries before; our smartphones have much more power than supercomputers made decades ago. Although this is true, the semiconductor industry has to come up with new ways to improve current technology. We’re reaching the smallest we can make components that make our devices work. One way researchers… Read more

Nuclear Waste and its Disposal

Nuclear Waste and its Disposal

As our society has come to acknowledge the limits and ill effects of fossil fuels, we are turning toward non-conventional sources of energy. Nuclear energy is the most reliable method of energy production we utilize. One of its downfalls, however, is the nuclear waste associated with it. Since nuclear energy is so prominent in our… Read more

The Psychology of Dreaming

The Psychology of Dreaming

   Dreaming, a term conservatively defined as the various thoughts, memories, and emotions that occur during sleep, is a phenomenon that has stumped psychologists for decades. Why? Because the reasoning behind why dreams occur is extremely elusive, leaving psychologists with an incredibly large unanswered question. Though a definite explanation has yet to be discovered, psychologists continue to… Read more

Bacteria Harvest Light for Energy

Bacteria Harvest Light for Energy

Researchers are investigating alternative sources of energy to replace conventional fossil fuels. One highly-talked about method is the creation of artificial photosynthetic systems. Similar to how plants use sunlight to produce carbohydrates, these processes use sunlight to synthesize renewable energy and chemical products usually made from fossil fuels and plastics. Kesley Sakimoto Ph.D and Peidong… Read more

Genetically Modified Immune Cells Can Cure Cancer

Genetically Modified Immune Cells Can Cure Cancer

Picture that you are a teenager. Sounds easy enough. Now picture that you are a teenager with leukemia. You know you are going to die and have already accepted the fact. Then, one day, the doctor suggests a therapy that might work. It’s called CAR-T therapy. For the past few decades, treatment of cancer had only… Read more

The Science of Overpopulation

The Science of Overpopulation

Human exploitation of earth’s resources has been placed under increasing scrutiny in recent years as concerns have risen about losses in biodiversity, climate change, famine, disease, poverty, and the overall ability of the earth to support human occupation. What is lesser known is that all of those problems can be tied to one, overarching concern:… Read more

The Future of Perovskite Solar Cells

The Future of Perovskite Solar Cells

Solar energy is a growing source of renewable energy in the United States. Since 2008, installations of solar photovoltaic devices have increased from 1.2 gigawatts to approximately 30 gigawatts, generating enough energy to power 5.7 million American homes. Additionally, costs for solar photovoltaic technology have decreased, allowing it to become an affordable and accessible alternative… Read more

The Science Behind a Stutter

The Science Behind a Stutter

“Did I stutter?” Almost everyone is guilty of saying those three words — as a joke, of course. A playful, sarcastic jab. Not so fast. 1% of the world population actually suffers from the disorder- that’s nearly 70 million people, 3 million in the U.S alone. But that hasn’t stopped the misconceptions surrounding it. Contrary… Read more