Sunday, April 11, 2021

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The Birth of a Cyclops

Monstrous, one-eyed giants have prowled around our imaginations for at least 4,000 years - the oldest known description of such a creature was written on Babylonian tablets found near the Tigris river. The first stories about Cyclops emerged in Greece in the 8th–7th century BC: Homer’s epic...

The Cilantro Controversy: A Scientific Look

Cilantro: A Very Controversial Herb Cilantro (also known as coriander) is a plant that has been cultivated for thousands of years. Cilantro, unlike your more run-of-the-mill herbs, has a very polarizing smell and taste. Eventually, research was done into the sharp divide over cilantro, and something fascinating emerged....

Are You Smiling Under Your Face Mask?

Adaptation of Tokyo Japan during daytime photo – Free Person Image on Unsplash Well, I can’t tell and neither can the children growing up in the covid-19 pandemic struggling to develop their social and emotional intelligence. At the beginning of 2020, The Year of the Pandemic, the novel coronavirus...

Deep Philosophical Questions About the Universe

Are you currently laying in bed in the wee-hours of the morning and are wondering... what even is life?? Why on EARTH am I here? If aliens exist, then why haven't we made contact with them yet?..... Or maybe extraterrestrial life has already attempted to make contact...

Astrophysics, Loving Science, and Inspiring: An Interview with Dr. Storchi Bergmann

Dr. Thaisa Storchi Bergmann is a Brazilian female astrophysicist whose work on LINER-type galaxies is shaping the way we currently look at space. My team, Hidden Figures, decided to do a youtube video about her life and her accomplishments as a scientist, to spread awareness on prominent...

Dino Nuggets: The Evolution of Birds from Dinosaurs

Dino nuggets are pretty yummy right? These childhood snacks—or adult snacks if you’re like me— are dinosaur-shaped breaded chicken nuggets. At first glance, they might seem like a clever trick to get some protein into kids, but what if there was more to it? What if a...

The Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker: A Well Traveled Woodpecker

The Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker: A Well Traveled Woodpecker The yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) is a woodpecker that has a wide range across North America. In summer, the sapsucker can be found as far north as Alaska, Minnesota, and Nova Scotia and in winter, the birds can be found as...

The Evolution from Fossil to Monster

Humankind as a species is over 200,000 years old. We are travelers, storytellers, and connoisseurs of legends and tales. For thousands of years, mankind has entertained our children and fellow tribesmen with fables and stories of the unknown, the cryptic and the mythological. It is a...

Getting Back to Our Roots: Using interconnected plant roots as short term data transmitters

I am an Avatar the Last Airbender fanatic. I remember sitting on the couch awestruck watching the final battle between Ozai and Aang. Avatar the Last Airbender never left my heart and I was absolutely delighted to see Netflix’s revival of the show this year. When the...

Three Dog Star Night (Part 1)

I am just old enough to remember a time when most textbooks only spoke of exoplanets (i.e. those outside our solar system) in the hypothetical sense, their existence taken as an assumption rather than demonstrable fact, while the question of whether our 8-planet solar system was typical...

Three Dog Star Night (Part 2)

Welcome back to our discussion on the Drake Equation and the Fermi Paradox! If you haven’t read part 1 already, it goes without saying that you should start there! This time around, we will be discussing what we know about habitable planets… or at least what we...

Can diapers improve agricultural management?

     Ever wondered how diapers can hold and absorb so much liquid?  The simple answer is hydrogels.  Disposable diapers have been on the rise in popularity in recent years because of their ease of use.  Unfortunately with the sudden increase in popularity of diapers,  waste management...
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