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Film Review: The Most Unknown

Film Review: The Most Unknown

Cheney’s revolutionary science documentary Ian Cheney’s (YC ’02) 2018 film The Most Unknown takes a different approach than most science documentaries. Although his film explores how people study organisms, space, quantum physics, geobiology, and the human mind, Cheney, a graduate

In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World

In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World

Ian Stewart’s In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Have Changed the World approaches math from a truly novel perspective, emphasizing the link between math and history. The book appeals to audiences of all backgrounds, even catering to the not-so-mathematically-minded.

07/15 News Flash 5: Strategies Against SARS-CoV-2 by Studying Immune Response

07/15 News Flash 5: Strategies Against SARS-CoV-2 by Studying Immune Response

Image courtesy of Flickr. While scientists have tirelessly worked to understand SARS-CoV-2’s mechanism of infection and pathogenesis, much is still unknown. To design an effective treatment or vaccine, researchers must both understand the mechanism by which a pathogen invades a

06/08 News Flash 5: Why male sex might be a risk factor for COVID-19 death

06/08 News Flash 5: Why male sex might be a risk factor for COVID-19 death

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Male patients account for 60% of COVID-19 deaths globally, and studies have shown that they are two times more likely to die from the virus than female patients. A team of Yale researchers, studying samples

Explaining Extinction: What Happened 66 Million Years Ago

Explaining Extinction: What Happened 66 Million Years Ago

Image courtesy of Peter Arnold, Inc., National Geographic. Geologists have long debated the primary driver of the mass extinction which occurred more than sixty-six million years ago. Until recently, the discussion had consistently bounced between two dominant hypotheses: extraterrestrial impacts

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

Triple Threat: Three-Drug Combination Increases Fruit Fly Lifespan by 50%

Triple Threat: Three-Drug Combination Increases Fruit Fly Lifespan by 50%

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons In the last century, American life expectancy has more than doubled from forty-seven years in 1900 to seventy-eight in 2019. With antibiotics and vaccines, child mortality rates have sharply dropped alongside mortality rates at every

Probiotic Plants: Newly Discovered Protein Regulates the Plant Biome

Probiotic Plants: Newly Discovered Protein Regulates the Plant Biome

Image courtesy of Jennifer Yoon A new gene cluster discovered by Professor Konstantin Severinov’s lab at Rutgers encodes a peptide that provides legumous plants with extra power. This peptide acts as an antibiotic that endows the plants with enhanced resistance

Running Up and Down Your Spine: Imaging the elusive vertebral lymphatic network

Running Up and Down Your Spine: Imaging the elusive vertebral lymphatic network

Image courtesy of Alice Tirard Between our cells lies a concealed, interwoven tapestry of vessels that plays a central role in transporting material all over our bodies. The primary function of these lymphatic vessels is to drain our tissues of

Paired Growth: What stars reveal about black holes

Paired Growth: What stars reveal about black holes

Black holes, with intense gravity that even light cannot escape, have long intrigued astronomers and physicists. These black holes often lie at the center of galaxies, gradually pulling in stellar material. Previous research found proof of a positive correlation between