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Informative articles on various STEM topics and research are published weekly.

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  Sydney Hollingsworth   09 Apr 2021   5 min
Purple sea urchins and California's kelp forests

Sydney Hollingsworth - Recently, the kelp forests along California's coast have been replaced by purple sea urchins. The forests' collapse could have irreversible effects on the diversity of the region. Luckily, there is a simple way we can fix this imbalance and restore the ecosystem to its former glory.

  Rachel Huang   09 Apr 2021   5 min
The genius of Bitcoin, a revolutionary currency

Rachel Huang - Bitcoin has been dominating the headlines of financial news sources and with great reason. As the first application of blockchain technology, all transactions are transparent and operated by a decentralized authority, the people themselves. As prices keep soaring higher, it is only a matter of time before Bitcoin may become a major form of everyday currency.

  Nadwa Atwi   09 Apr 2021   5 min
CRISPR-Cas9: The award-winning genetic scissors

Nadwa Atwi - The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to the two scientists, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, who transformed a bacterium’s natural defense mechanism into a powerful gene-editing technology called CRISPR.

  Emily Richter   03 Apr 2021   5 min
Bird-safe glass is the only way forward

Emily Richter - About a billion birds die every year due to collisions with glass. Luckily, bird-safe glass and legislation that requires buildings to have it provide hope for the future of birds and humanity.

  Peter Bui   03 Apr 2021   5 min
Auroras: Northern Lights

Peter Bui - In the North and South poles, beautiful lights illuminate the sky. What are these ribbons of color? How are they formed? This eye-pleasing phenomenon is actually called an aurora, and the process of how they are formed is relatively simple.

  Peter Bui   03 Apr 2021   5 min
Trees are a little like humans

Peter Bui - It is common knowledge that trees are natural, living giants of nature. But is there more to them than converting carbon dioxide into oxygen? Research shows that trees have human characteristics, such as being able to communicate, feel some emotions and more.

  Nafisa Ishra   19 Mar 2021   5 min
Exploring the bilingual brain

Nafisa Ishra - The differences between a bilingual brain and a monolingual brain are vast and range from their structure to their ability to perform specific functions, giving the bilingual brain several advantages.

  Sydney Hollingsworth   19 Mar 2021   5 min
The seven supercontinents

Sydney Hollingsworth - You’ve probably heard of Pangaea, the supercontinent from which our current continents formed, but did you know there have been a total of seven supercontinents over the course of Earth’s history? From tiny, lifeless islands to giant, diverse landmasses, the history of the Earth’s crust can provide valuable information on just about every aspect of our planet.

  Joan Joe   19 Mar 2021   5 min
Brain on Fire: A disease almost undocumented in medical history

Joan Joe - “Brain On Fire”, a 2016 Netflix film, brings light to a little-known but harrowing medical condition. Seizures and voices in her head suddenly plague a young woman. As the weeks pass, she rapidly descends into insanity, her behavior shifting from aggression to catatonia. This illness was accounted for cases of "demonic possession" throughout history. It is known as anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.

  Aryav Nagar   12 Mar 2021   5 min
Time dilation: The nature of space-time

Aryav Nagar - Time is the indefinite continued progress of existence as a whole. Everything in the universe experiences the progression of time; it is inescapable. But what if we could change this continued progression of the universe? What if we could escape the inevitable?