Aspirin and Its Evolution Across Decades

By Hannah Johnson Figure 1: A box of aspirin.[6] When you have a headache, a fever, or inflammation, the usual response to obtain relief would be taking an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), such as aspirin or ibuprofen. While these are common over the counter (OTC) drugs that are often found in a person’s medicine cabinet, … Continue reading Aspirin and Its Evolution Across Decades

Buyers Beware: The Problem with Pinkwashing

By Carli King Every October, retail stores are plastered in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month – from food packaging, to clothing, to hardware, to home appliances. But what percentage of the proceeds from pink purchases actually go directly to breast cancer patients or towards breast cancer research? The answer to this question remains unclear … Continue reading Buyers Beware: The Problem with Pinkwashing

What is love?

By Shivani Godbole Source: https://www.istockphoto.com/vector/cartoon-brain-lifting-dumbbells-vector-gm1208760136-349508008 “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 1, scene 1, lines 240 – 241 Shakespeare did indeed get it right. Love is a convoluted ‘mind-game’. If I were to describe love as a scientist, I would … Continue reading What is love?

The Real Cost Of A Sustainable Vehicle

By Savannah Marshall In the US, transportation is responsible for about 25% of the country’s yearly greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.1  The large contribution of vehicular emissions to climate change has led to the popularization of tailpipe emission-free electric vehicles (EVs) in the past few decades. With the push to eventually transition the planet from gasoline … Continue reading The Real Cost Of A Sustainable Vehicle

An Untapped Gold Mine of Information; Detecting Structural Variants with Bionano Optical Mapping

By Laura Budurlean All cancers exhibit some degree of genomic instability, but what if we’ve been severely underestimating how much instability there really is? Structural variants (SVs) are a hallmark of human cancer and encompass insertions, deletions, duplications, inversions, translocations, and copy number variations (Figure 1). These are all mutations that can affect large sections … Continue reading An Untapped Gold Mine of Information; Detecting Structural Variants with Bionano Optical Mapping

Formal Proof Assistants: More Than Just A Sanity Check

By Mike Sha Mathematics is the study of symmetry, patterns, and numbers. Professional mathematicians spend most of their time thinking and proving facts about these abstract concepts. Einstein used differential geometry to formulate his theory of gravity. Machine learning researchers use differential geometry and representation theory to design effective neural networks. At the heart of … Continue reading Formal Proof Assistants: More Than Just A Sanity Check

I Don’t Wanna Live Forever…But How Close Can I Get?

By Rebecca Fleeman The world’s oldest living female, Sister André (Lucile Randon), is currently 118 years old and if she lives four more years, she will be crowned the longest living human ever. The title is currently held by Jeanne Louise Calment, who was 122 years old and passed away in 1997. The longest living … Continue reading I Don’t Wanna Live Forever…But How Close Can I Get?

“Quality is our Recipe” – Lettuce Reconsider That Slogan

By Savanna Ledford Wendy’s is a popular fast-food chain that promises quality and offers great late night eats to over 12 million loyal customers.1 However, in a turn of events that turned stomachs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched an E. coli investigation after 97 people fell ill after eating sandwiches with … Continue reading “Quality is our Recipe” – Lettuce Reconsider That Slogan