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The Future of Fusion Energy

The Future of Fusion Energy

The Future of Fusion Energy by Jason Parisi (YC ’16), a PhD student at Oxford, and Justin Ball, a researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, attempts to shift the culture of popular science surrounding fusion energy. For decades,

Cady Van Assendelft (SM ’19)

Cady Van Assendelft (SM ’19)

“I’ve basically known that I want to do physics for probably a decade now,” said Cady van Assendelft, a senior intensive physics major at Yale. In her junior year of high school, she had an influential physics teacher who made

Follow the Energy, See Where it Goes: Investigating the energetic expenditures of embryonic cleavage divisions

Follow the Energy, See Where it Goes: Investigating the energetic expenditures of embryonic cleavage divisions

Energy is a tricky concept. The term is bandied around within and without science; even among scientists, “ener­gy” takes different meanings in different contexts. Though it is far from straight­forward to define what energy actually is, more important is what

Harvesting a Wide Range of Light: Computational chemistry & organic synthesis create a new light-absorbing molecule

Harvesting a Wide Range of Light: Computational chemistry & organic synthesis create a new light-absorbing molecule

Nothing is perfect, but often, nature comes pretty close. Photosynthesis, the process that converts light into electrochemical energy, is something researchers want to emulate. It happens to be the single biochemical process that sustains life on Earth, not least because

Holding onto Energy: New insights into lithium sulfur batteries

Holding onto Energy: New insights into lithium sulfur batteries

Batteries have revolutionized modern life. Now, there is a push for bat­teries to undergo their own revolution. The electronics we use on a dai­ly basis run on lithium-ion batteries, but a new battery with lower cost and higher energy density

Some Dark Matters: Newly discovered galaxies lack dark matter

Some Dark Matters: Newly discovered galaxies lack dark matter

For astronomy researchers, the invisible nature of dark mat­ter is one of the most perplexing features of our universe. Dark matter is a theoretical form of matter that does not interact with light, and therefore cannot be directly observed by

Staring at the Sky

Staring at the Sky

NASA satellite finds new exoplanets just months after launch Many of us wonder what lies beyond Earth and our solar system. Star Wars, The Martian, and other science fiction works have helped to quench our imaginations, but perhaps it need

A Titanic Theory: A Cool New Reaction Has Astronomers Over the Moon

A Titanic Theory: A Cool New Reaction Has Astronomers Over the Moon

On September 15th, 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ended its two-decade-long mission. The probe gathered important information about the atmospheric composition of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Titan is the only other planetary body we know of besides the Earth with a

Cleaner Catalysts: Saving the world, one nanoparticle at a time

Cleaner Catalysts: Saving the world, one nanoparticle at a time

From catalytic converters found in cars to the enzymes that catalyze life processes in our bodies, catalysts and catalysis play a large role in shaping our daily lives. Though these chemicals are the reason our cars work, they can be

Remediation’s Acceleration: A Nano-Sized Game Changer to Remediating BPA-Tainted Water

Remediation’s Acceleration: A Nano-Sized Game Changer to Remediating BPA-Tainted Water

In an increasingly health-conscious society, many consumers demand their food be transparent, from its ingredients to its production, through regulations, labels, and bans. Labels, however, may in fact be part of the problem itself. A recently published scientific investigation from