Azodicarbonamide, more popularly known as the "yoga mat chemical" was recently removed from Subway's bread after a public outcry. But what was it doing in there to begin with? And was it really as dangerous as it sounds?Read More
You've probably heard Musician Katy Perry's song, Firework as it was a number one hit in 2010. Combine that with the summer season, there's an urge to awe over the sights and sounds of fireworks. But I don’t think we or Katy Perry think about the science behind those oohs and ahhs. Learn about fireworks from its history to how they light up the night sky.Read More
We recognize that making the choice to smoke a cigarette can damage your lungs and too much alcohol can damage your liver, but what if something as passive as your social status could affect the most fundamental building blocks of your biology?
Find out how social and economic ranking affects the very building blocks of our being and how this biology connects us to hyenas. It's not all a laughing matter...Read More
Citizen science offers a chance for interested volunteers to help address scientific issues that affect their lives. But can professional scientists trust their work? Well, it depends (of course!).Read More
Most everyone understands the joy of instant gratification, especially in the form of cake. Our latest guest poster, Michael Akroush, explains how hyperbolic discounting and society's view on the evils of high-fructose corn syrup helps us give in to instant gratification.Read More
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, a molecule commonly referred to as LSD, has been known for its recreational "benefits". Musicians write songs about it, artists draw inspiration from it, Disney makes films about it, intellectuals state they have had breakthroughs with its use, and druggies rave about it. Is LSD really what people claim it to be or is it all just hype?
This article delves into the facts and fiction behind this popular molecule with an aim to find out.
We know it's important to go green, but you might also want to consider going blue too.
Blue carbon is carbon (carbon dioxide) that is sequestered and stored by marine habitats like mangrove forests, estuaries, and the rocky intertidal. Knowing the carbon cycle, studies have shown that these marine habitats take in and hold more carbon than terrestrial habitats like rainforests. Thus these habitats could greatly help us in reducing our carbon footprint!
Interested in learning more? Read on!Read More
With the thought of inspiring a new generation of scientists, Google’s Quantum A.I. Lab Team, in partnership with MinecraftEdu and Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, came up with the idea of creating a mod for Minecraft that could educate kids about quantum physics through first-hand experience and experimentation, without the kids even knowing they are practicing! They called it qCraft.Read More
Life is truly one big experiment. Take, for example, the devastating 2011 Japanese tsunami. It is an unprecedented event which is allowing invasion ecologists to study a phenomenon that is not very well understood and rarely observed. Rafting is the process whereby organisms float from one place to another on an object over a body of water; to many organisms, Japanese tsunami debris is nothing more than 1.5 million tons of rafting material.Read More
The story of Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot is pretty well known around the internet. Although his plan was foiled, it makes a great hook for our latest topic. Explosives! As we remember the fifth of November, let's take a moment to learn what actually goes on when things explode.Read More