Posts Tagged: science

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

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

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

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 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

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

What’s the deal with GMOs?

What’s the deal with GMOs?

What are they? GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. This term refers to organisms (almost exclusively crops and livestock, in this context) that have had their genome manually altered in some way in order to produce some desired effect. These end goals are usually rather modest, but nutritionally convenient things such as increasing the protein… Read more

Can Stress Make You Sick?

Can Stress Make You Sick?

When I was 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed with a non-aggressive form of Breast Cancer. At the time, I did not see the magnitude of the sickness. Instead, I simply accepted her explanation – that the reason she became ill was due to the amount of stress she was putting herself through. As… Read more

Does Ethnicity Determine Your Voice?

Does Ethnicity Determine Your Voice?

Last month after meeting up with someone after numerous telephone conversations, I was told that, despite being an African-American, I sound “white” on the phone. The person was essentially attributing my small and light voice to the white race in this regard. The remark also reminded me that during the O.J. Simpson trial, one witness… Read more