Hard Hearts

  Many of us know that as people age, they become crankier. You might have that 85-year-old neighbor who refuses to let your dog on her lawn. You might have the penny-pinching grandma who holds up the line at the grocery store as she disputes why her twenty cents off a gallon of milk coupon […]

Does Smiling Actually Make You Happier?

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Many people have heard that forcing a smile can make you actually feel happier. That idea originated from an experiment conducted in 1988, under psychologist Fritz Strack. But a recent study published in the scientific journal Perspectives on Psychological Science that attempted to replicate Strack’s experiment found little to no correlation between forced smiling and […]

High Air Pollution Levels After Diwali

Days after the Diwali celebration in Delhi, India, a thick smog from the various fireworks and lights remains and covers the city. The Festival of Lights occurs annually in India and represents the victory of good over evil. While it is a time for festivities, the holiday causes the pollution levels to spike each year […]

Part Human, Part Virus: The Secret Force Behind Evolution

We all know how evolution works: if an organism has a trait that helps it to survive, it will have a much higher chance of successfully reproducing and passing on its genes to offspring. Over generations, the favorable trait will accumulate in the population and in the end, most organisms in the species will have it. But […]

Student Feature: Phelan Yu

phelan yu, the scientific student, harvard

Written by: Zeke Benshirim     You’ve probably heard by now that climate change poses a massive threat to global food security. News stories from just the past few days warn of threats to staple crops like wheat and corn, or indispensable treats like coffee and chocolate. But how do we know how much trouble we’re […]

De-Extinction, A Plausible Solution?

We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, and humans are to blame. According to World Wildlife Fund, since 1970 there has been a 58% decline in numbers of fish, mammals, birds, and reptile worldwide, which means that 2 % of species are vanishing across the globe each year (Westcott, 2016). Around 30 […]

Nanonobel Prize

They say great things are done by a series of smaller ones all brought together — at least, this is what this year’s chemistry Nobel Prize winners proved to the scientific community when creating “the smallest machines in the world”. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded on the 5th of October the Chemistry Nobel prize to the […]

A is for Average

For many years, and continuing today, the average grade is a C; a grade of B is considered above average, and a B+ was considered outstanding. However, as prices have inflated, so too have grades. A highly respected 81 in a high school chemistry class in 1960 is now considered the bottom of the barrel. […]

Paint: A Possible Solution to Smog

Imagine if the paint on buildings were meant for something more than aesthetics … that the thick coating along the sides of certain infrastructure and homes has a special purpose for the environment. Recent research shows that there very well may be a type of paint to help the atmosphere. This paint contains titanium dioxides, […]

The Rainforest of the Sea and Its Annihilation

The Great Barrier Reef, located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, is facing its greatest threat yet – annihilation. This aquatic ecosystem harbors more than 1,500 species of fish, 411 types of hard coral, one-third of the world’s soft corals, 134 species of sharks and rays, six of the world’s seven species of threatened marine […]