Category: 2018

  • The Unsolvable Problem

    The Unsolvable Problem

    by Meera Aravinth Imagine working for years to prove that a problem can never be solved. A team of mathematicians did exactly that, proving the undecidability of the spectral gap. But what exactly does it mean for a problem to be unsolvable or undecidable? Mathematician Gödel proved in the 20th century that certain mathematical claims…

  • CRISPR Provides the Potential to Cut Down Malaria: But Should We?

    CRISPR Provides the Potential to Cut Down Malaria: But Should We?

    by Saira Somnay Mosquitos: not just pesky causers of bug bites, but also deadly agents of infection. Should scientists find a way to get rid of them, or would that cause more harm than good? Society may have to answer that question soon. A research team at the Imperial College in London has formulated a…

  • Why is it So Hard to Change Somebody’s Mind?

    Why is it So Hard to Change Somebody’s Mind?

    by Whitney Li If you’ve been on the internet for the past 20 years, you have probably seen a comment about a political or social opinion that you thought was absurd. You probably thought, “How could any rational mind think this way? What has our society come to?” Maybe you replied in a rage, telling…

  • A Parallel Universe with Life

    A Parallel Universe with Life

    by Susana Torres-Londono Over time, physicists have been working towards painting a clearer and more precise portrait of our universe. In their research, they have found the four “fundamental forces”. Up until recently, it was well established that our universe– at least life in our universe– would not be possible without these forces. Even though…

  • Will Artificial Intelligence Make Doctors Obsolete?

    Will Artificial Intelligence Make Doctors Obsolete?

    by Sharon Binoy When many of us think of artificial intelligence in healthcare, an image of a distant Black Mirror-esque dystopia comes to mind. However, it is soon becoming a positive presence in many aspects of the medical profession. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is dramatically changing the future landscape of medicine, diagnosing diseases with an accuracy…

  • A New Male Birth Control Method is Here

    A New Male Birth Control Method is Here

    by Cassidy Quilalang In April of this year, clinical trials will begin for a new, non-invasive form of male hormonal birth control. It’s a gel that you rub on your arms. These days, a host of female contraceptives are available on the market and it is fairly common to hear about women being on some form…

  • Detecting Gravitational Waves, Was it Worth it?

    Detecting Gravitational Waves, Was it Worth it?

    by Susana Torres-Londono If you’re a scientist who hopes to dedicate the rest of your life to developing and proving a revolutionary scientific theory, there’s a good chance you’ll never get to see your work’s eventual success. We all know of Rosalind Franklin, the female powerhouse who helped unravel the secrets of the human genome…

  • A Guessing Game with Some of the Highest Stakes

    A Guessing Game with Some of the Highest Stakes

    by Isabelle Boatright After scientists and infectious disease experts collect data on what’s making people sick every year, they gather at one of five main World Health Organization collaboration centers to argue over upcoming flus. Most people in the United States get annual flu shots to avoid the many nasty consequences that come with seasonal…

  • The Truth About Cell Phones and Cancer

    The Truth About Cell Phones and Cancer

    By Andrea He Cell phones are now a constant fixture in our lives that we cannot live without. However, the ways that cell phone radiation could harm our bodies are still not solidified, but new evidence from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the recent announcement from the California Department of Public Health regarding…