Bringing Light to the Coral Reef Crisis

Bringing Light to the Coral Reef Crisis By Veronica Paul  What do you picture when you think of coral reefs? A myriad of colors, an ecosystem filled with vibrantly colored sea-creatures, or maybe even the Great Barrier Reef? These depictions we are so familiar with one day will only be stories future generations will hear. …

Real Worlds: An Argument for the Many Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Real Worlds: An Argument for the Many Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics By Mark Ortega The 21st century saw the rise of quantum mechanics in popular culture. The core of this trend posits that observation creates reality. Although exciting, this view is a misapprehension of the historically accepted Copenhagen Interpretation. In contrast, there exists an alternative …

Finding Its Target: How CRISPR Cas9 “Reads” DNA

Finding Its Target: How CRISPR Cas9 “Reads” DNA By Sinead de Cleir  Since its application for gene editing was discovered in 2012 by Dr. Jennifer Doudna and Dr. Emmanuel Charpentier, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, or CRISPR for short, has upended the scientific world. Although the use and ethical implications of CRISPR are still …

Magic or Malice? Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Graphene-Based Materials

Magic or Malice? Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Graphene-Based Materials By Bryan Kim  From the Stone Age to the contemporary Silicon Age, materials have defined and transformed human civilization. But, every new material must have its side effects well-understood in order to avoid environmental disasters. Environmental mismanagement of promising materials has happened before. Plastic, a …

Time: Slowing Down and Speeding Up

Time: Slowing Down and Speeding Up By Katherine De Lange Clocks govern our daily lives, the 5 minute morning snooze, the 10 minute bus wait, the hour-long lunch break. However, regardless of how many seconds pass in a given event, our perception of time differs. Multiple factors such as emotion, attention, drug-use, and context affect time …

Antimicrobial Resistance in the COVID era: A New Potential Crisis?

Antimicrobial Resistance in the COVID era: A New Potential Crisis? By Shreya Ramesh The beginning of the pandemic was certainly crazy, to say the least. Obsessively buying hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and even toilet paper led to an extreme shortage of such items in stores for months to come. Buying these items certainly may have provided …

In the Shadow of Self Esteem: Self Compassion

In the Shadow of Self Esteem: Self Compassion By Leighton PuSelf esteem is overrated. Psychologists touted it as a method to maintain psychological well being, establishing its legacy as a positive psychological model. In accordance with knowledge at the time, mentors, role models, and teachers around the globe promoted, and continue to promote, self esteem …

Unraveling Intergenerational Trauma

Unraveling Intergenerational Trauma By Evelyn Kong What is the relationship between memory and the self? For years, most scholars would have referenced anything from W.E.B. Du Bois’ theory of double consciousness to Émile Durkheim’s concept of collective trauma — all schools of thought that examine memory and the self in their most abstract form. Now, …