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How Does Sugar Affect Caffeine?

How Does Sugar Affect Caffeine?

Illustration courtesy of Anmei Little. Most undergraduates love the sleep-fighting powers of coffee. For those of us who can’t take it black, sugar is a must. However, recent research from Ilan Shumilin, Christoph Allolio, and Daniel Harries at the Hebrew

Science in the Spotlight: The Story Collider

Science in the Spotlight: The Story Collider

Image courtesy of Yale News. In a not-so-unusual scene at Benjamin Franklin College, whose dining hall often seats professors from nearby Science Hill, I meet three scientists over lunch. Not once do I see their faces. Instead, their identities unravel

Elastic Electronics: Creating Flexible Materials with Conductive Properties

Elastic Electronics: Creating Flexible Materials with Conductive Properties

Image courtesy of Lawrence Wang As robotics has blossomed in the past decade, some robots have been perfected and implemented into daily life or put to use in factories for manufacturing goods. However, this is just the tip of the

Water, Water Everywhere: A New Model Predicts that Many Planets Harbor Plenty of this Life-Sustaining Fluid

Water, Water Everywhere: A New Model Predicts that Many Planets Harbor Plenty of this Life-Sustaining Fluid

Exoplanets capture our imagination, and recent missions have discovered thousands more around neighbouring stars. However, even when discovered, the compositions of exoplanets are difficult to study because of the sheer distance away from us. A recent paper by Harvard University

Science in the Spotlight: The Other Side of Mars

Science in the Spotlight: The Other Side of Mars

Image courtesy of Minna Långström Behind me, a path of tracks imprints the trail that I’ve trekked. Ahead, tawny slates and crumbled dunes stretch on. Though I stand alone in the valley of Dingo Gap on Mars, I fear no

Are Smartshirts Next?

Are Smartshirts Next?

Image courtesy of the Gogotsi Lab, Drexel University Cybernetic bodysuits sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but could they soon be making the jump to nonfiction? Professor Yury Gogotsi’s lab at Drexel University has demonstrated the potential of a

Bad Bacteria: How Researchers are Tackling the Devastating Bd Pathogen

Bad Bacteria: How Researchers are Tackling the Devastating Bd Pathogen

Image courtesy of Wikipedia Globalized trade has spread diseases to all corners of the world, causing various disruptions to ecosystems. One pathogen in particular, called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), is thought to be one of the deadliest wildlife fungi. Discovered in

Twisted and Cold: The cooling properties of elastic fibers

Twisted and Cold: The cooling properties of elastic fibers

Image courtesy of Ernest Brillo In the early nineteenth century, an English scientist reported that releasing stretched rubber bands could make them a few degrees cooler. While the idea of elastic cooling was novel at the time, it was overshadowed

Alumni Profile: Kelsey Martin (MD/PhD ‘92)

Alumni Profile: Kelsey Martin (MD/PhD ‘92)

Dean Kelsey Martin (MD/PhD ‘92) never planned to become a physician, let alone the dean of UCLA’S medical school. In fact, as an undergraduate at Harvard, she majored in English and American Language and Literature. After graduating in 1979, she

Science in the Spotlight: The Scientific Attitude

Science in the Spotlight: The Scientific Attitude

Image courtesy of http://leemcintyrebooks.com/ Creationists, climate deniers, and anti-vaxxers are united by their skepticism of science.  Science is under attack from those who claim to simply be skeptical, but why should they believe in science?  What is it that distinguishes