From Bakery to Bench: How Scientists use Yeast for Biomedical Research

By Gaelyn Lyons Yeast has been an essential tool to our society since the beginning of time. Beer, bread, and wine all use yeast due to their ability to undergo fermentation.1 Not only does yeast contribute to creating yummy food, but it also plays an important role in biomedical research. Many scientists, including some at … Continue reading From Bakery to Bench: How Scientists use Yeast for Biomedical Research

Algebraic Geometry: A Bridge Between Equations and Shapes

By Mike Sha             A common problem in robotics is finding all the possible positions the hand can end up. This is a question for algebraic geometry, which can be solved by homotopy continuation1. In this article, we’ll be taking the path of least resistance to these topics. Algebra is “the study of mathematical symbols … Continue reading Algebraic Geometry: A Bridge Between Equations and Shapes

Eavesdropping on Sperm Whales: The Cetacean Translation Initiative

By Julia Simpson An international team of roboticists, cryptographers, and biologists, along with experts in machine learning, underwater acoustics, and linguistics, recently assembled to decode messages from the deep1. That may sound like the title-card montage for the next “team of international super spies” blockbuster, but no: this is the diverse, interdisciplinary expertise behind the … Continue reading Eavesdropping on Sperm Whales: The Cetacean Translation Initiative

Give Me a Boost! The Debate on the COVID-19 Booster Vaccine

By Gaelyn Lyons There has been a lot of talk lately about the COVID-19 booster vaccine, especially with new variants arising and Pfizer submitting an application to the FDA for a booster against COVID-19. The first two jabs have been found to significantly protect individuals from severe symptoms and reduce the risk of hospitalization.1 However, … Continue reading Give Me a Boost! The Debate on the COVID-19 Booster Vaccine

Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT): An Explanation of the Syndrome and its Impact on Learning

By Rachel Kallus, Psy. D How often do you feel tired, spacy, confused, and in your own world as you get through the day? The answer is probably quite different if you are a college student, overnight shift worker, new (or not so new) parent, or a vacationer on the beach. Despite different answers, we … Continue reading Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT): An Explanation of the Syndrome and its Impact on Learning