Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math

The Finite Infinity of Virtual Reality

November 21 / Jongjin P..

Computers, social media sites, smartphones, tablets, smartwatches. The advancement of technology has been growing more and more with the creations of more and more technology being used by more and more people. The question Silicon Valley faces is, “What’s next?” For Oculus and Mark Zuckerberg, the answer is simple: virtual reality (and maybe artificial intelligence afterwards). The goal of virtual reality is simple: to immerse you in a different world. When you put on the ...

Armed with the Internet

August 30 / Linus L.

This year was the twenty-fifth anniversary of something you and I use every single day. It brings you every thing from academic papers to cat gifs in the span of a few milliseconds. Let's talk about this magical thing. Let's talk about the Internet. Despite the fact that almost two billion people use it today, the Internet was not created for the masses in its inception. Borne out of a laboratory at CERN, Europe's premiere particle physics lab, it was...

Ads vs. Adblock

July 27 / Jongjin P.

There are now 198 million active adblock users around the world. Global ad blocking grew 41%, US ad blocking grew 48%, and UK ad blocking grew 81% in the last 12 months. Adblock is getting more popular than ever, and there seems to be nothing stopping its increase...

A Hitchhiker's Guide to Website Design

September 26 / Linus L.

There was a time before the Digital. There was a time when anything that was design-able was a concrete object. A drawing, a furniture, a book cover, a logo, or anything else in between — designing something was about form and function working together to make something appear beautiful and magical. Designing then was about aesthetics and utility — two core ideas. And as long as something looked beautiful and worked like a charm, it was well-designed. (see also: IKEA furniture)...

The New Google Maps

May 20 / Bill M.

In the middle of March, I was informed by Google that “This version of Google Maps is updating soon.” I have used the old Google Maps ever since I started using the internet to explore the world. Google Maps was perfect! It had tons of features, ran quickly on all devices, and was straightforward. To say the least, when I heard I was being forced to leave “classic” Google Maps, I was pissed. I had heard many horrible things about the new Google Maps. (Good (at times funny)...

The Future of Medicine: Nanotechnology

May 10 / Abhi S.

As we continue to progress into the 21st century, we make huge technological advances. One of the biggest technological gains of the 21st century is nanotechnology. Nanotechnology has a wide variety of applications. It has many technological uses, as indicated by its name. It can be used in engineering and producing cars. It is also used in producing really tiny, but really complex and powerful computers. The military can also use it to produce many weapons that are tiny and so are hard to detect and can cause lots ...

Hairy Balls and the Irony of Education

May 5 / Linus L.

Math is notorious for torturing students with memorization and little-used formulas that amount to little practical use. Seriously, I don't think I would ever find a practical use for integrating by trigonometric substitution -- If I want to find the area of something, I can see how big the thing is. But there is the more obscure part of mathematics -- the part of math high school teachers rarely, if ever, talk about in class -- the part of math that makes mathematics interesting again. I'm talking, of course, about the legendary...

A Universal Blood

April 30 / Jenny W.

Why can’t all types of blood be compatible with one another? Different blood types are sometimes incompatible because of the antigens in their red blood cells. When an incompatible type of blood is transfused into the body, the red blood cells from the blood may violently react with the antibodies of the body's immune system. Antibodies are also known as immunoglobulins and are small proteins that flows and circulates through our bloodstream. Antibodies are a...

A Misleading Solution to Cut Carbon Dioxide Output

April 27 / Jenny W.

Because of a concern for the amount of carbon dioxide output, the Environmental Protection Agency are considering to require all coal-fueled factories and power plants to reduce their carbon dioxide output. Some factories have already tried to change from burning coal to wood. But is wood really the answer? Wood is very expensive and contains less energy than coal. During a study conducted by Rapids Energy Center plant in Minnesota in 2008, researchers found that...

A Bit of Luck

April 25 / Aditi A.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the lab, Only a centrifuge was whirring, with stem cells galore-- All right, so it doesn’t really rhyme. However, Christmas Eve has always been a day of great charm and luck. Reported on December 24th, 2014, was the success of an experiment that marks a remarkable achievement in research and raises a series of ethical challenges. Over the last few years, a team of researchers in Kyoto, Japan figured out how to transform...

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