Scientists are not that smart

This article I am describing is more of an opinion piece than a scientific study, but I think it does cover some important points head-on for why non-scientist members of the general public may have false assumptions about scientists being smarter than non-scientists. I have had people tell me before that I must be really …

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Beauty from the ocean: Time-lapse movement of corals and sponges and preserving victorian-era diatom arrangement

In this post, I will be sharing two articles that both relate to what could be considered works of art from the ocean involving small, unassuming creatures. Corals and sponges can have very interesting and eye-catching structures, but most people tend to think of them as static and unmoving. A PhD student from Australia named …

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Teenager discovers that different cancer vaccines are needed for young adults versus elderly

A 19-year-old African-American college student from Chicago has already made some major breakthroughs in colon cancer research and is determined to find a cure.  Keven Stonewall started an internship in a university lab while he was still in high school and developed an experiment to test a colon cancer vaccine after seeing his close friend’s …

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Why lactation rooms matter

An important and timely blog post by Carrie Glenny at the University of Washington was published this week about the necessity of available lactation rooms at workplaces.  New mothers that choose to breastfeed need to pump milk every few hours, and this can be very hard to do in workplaces without private offices.  Take a …

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Physicists Create Water Tractor Beam

A group of physicists have discovered that they can make objects move against the direction of waves by using a tractor beam on water, which generates waves. This has important real-world applications, including confining oil spills. The physicists do not yet know mathematical theories explaining how it works.  Dr. Horst Punzmann said ” . . …

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PTSD could be prevented with a pill

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been getting a lot of press the past few years, especially regarding the number of active military personnel that are coming home from deployments with PTSD.  Scientists recently discovered how certain people can be susceptible to PTSD after experiencing severe trauma while others are not susceptible.  Scientists introduced a trauma …

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Tracking giant kelp from space

A new citizen science project called Floating Forests was just started a few days ago to help scientists study the effects of climate change on kelp forests in the world’s oceans.  It turns out that computers are not effective at distinguishing giant kelp sitting below the ocean’s surface in satellite photos, but the human eye …

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