From the Editor: Issue 90.3 “Innovating for the Future”

From the Editor: Issue 90.3 “Innovating for the Future”

Where do you see the world in 2030? The progress of the world is inextricably tied with the progress of scientific innovations. Scientists improve the world by adapting creative breakthroughs in the lab to our own lives, through drugs that

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Oxytocin: Not just for women

Oxytocin: Not just for women

Discover how a previously considered maternal hormone, oxytocin, actually plays an important role in fathers as well.

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Bessie Schwarz (FES ’14): On the road to rain

Bessie Schwarz (FES ’14): On the road to rain

Bessie Schwarz (FES ‘14) is the co-founder of Cloud to Street, a company that uses machine learning techniques to predict climate change disasters. This technology can calculate the flood vulnerabilities of communities, and help governments to make more informed policy decisions to decrease the overall damage done by climate change disasters.

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Peering Into the Earth’s Violent Past : New techniques see origin of ancient volcanic eruptions

Peering Into the Earth’s Violent Past : New techniques see origin of ancient volcanic eruptions

Tracing a 65 million year history of the Earth is no easy task, but researchers at the University of Quebec have found a new method. By taking a tango through time, they created a new tool for modeling our past Earth, and have used it to discover a second hotspot origin for the Deccan traps.

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Life from Within? Organic Materials Stemming from Ceres’ Interior

Life from Within? Organic Materials Stemming from Ceres’ Interior

For hundreds of years, researchers have thought that organic materials reach planets by traveling on asteroids and comets. New data from the Dawn Spacecraft on the dwarf planet Ceres leads to a surprising result: instead of coming from the outside, organics may sometimes come from within.

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Knocking Around Atoms: A chemical synthesis for the quantum age

Knocking Around Atoms: A chemical synthesis for the quantum age

A team of researchers at IBM have succeeded in using a new method of chemical synthesis to create a previously non-synthesizable molecule called triangulene. Both this molecule and its method of synthesis are promising in the budding quantum age.

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Sugar’s Saving Graces: Reducing the strain of an active lifestyle

Sugar’s Saving Graces: Reducing the strain of an active lifestyle

Researchers studying hawk moths discover the solution to a long-standing paradox in our understanding of metabolism. An ancient biological remnant of a different time may be responsible for protecting us against the more dangerous side-effects of the oxygen we need to survive.

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Q&A: Why is Sleep Important?

Q&A: Why is Sleep Important?

Sleep is key to our survival and well-being, but the exact reasons for its existence are unclear. Much research focuses on the synaptic homeostasis hypothesis, a proposed mechanism that balances synaptic growth and shrinkage to prevent brain damage and support learning.

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Q&A: Why did turtles come out of their shells?

Q&A: Why did turtles come out of their shells?

A study in Switzerland challenges our most basic understanding of the turtle, suggesting that it evolved head retraction as a means of predation rather than protection.

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Documentary Review: (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies

Documentary Review: (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies

Honesty is a moral foundation of all modern societies, crucial for smooth function at all levels, yet researchers like Dan Ariely reveal that lying and cheating are truly endemic worldwide. In (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies, viewers learn the many forms dishonesty can take, the effects it can have, and the ways we can combat it.

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