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May 14, 2018

On the evening of March 20 2018, Arizona resident Elaine Herzberg was crossing the street with her bicycle and was struck by an autonomous (self-driving) car. The car was owned and operated by Uber, manned, but not “driven”, by one of their employees. Herzberg later died from her injuries in hospital. This incident marks the […]

April 30, 2018

Your Homo sapiens sapiens body is part of a feedback loop responding to all kinds of biological, psychological, and cultural processes. These all have to be taken into account when trying to produce a better picture of how we work, both physically and mentally. But sometimes you just want an easy answer. We thought we […]

April 9, 2018

Minor spoilers for Annihilation follow. As a biology graduate and a fan of psychological horror flicks, Annihilation could only be more my jam if they sold it in jars. Despite a few missteps in execution (why doesn’t anyone in the film wear gloves?!?), director Alex Garland has made one of the most scientist-friendly films since […]

March 26, 2018

Professor Stephen Hawking was arguably Einstein’s successor. While there will never a figure as unique or unparalleled as he was, his legacy as both a physicist and as a spokesperson for science and the value of knowledge created a path that many can follow. One of the most interesting pieces of discourse to appear after […]

March 19, 2018

Science is the method by which we try to understand our place in the natural world. When our ability to comprehend something exceeds our ability to observe it, science allows us to bridge that gap. Build a telescope to observe a planet. Create a collider to bring a theoretical element into existence. Develop a spectrum […]

March 5, 2018

I can think of no better way to relaunch this column than talking about launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy on February 6th, one of the largest commercial rockets ever launched, and proof of the viability of reusable rockets. Over two million people watched the Youtube livestream as Elon Musk, a true showman, chose to forgo […]

October 16, 2017

To put a big full stop on Super Science Trends, I wanted to talk about science and narrative. If this decade has taught us anything, it’s that facts cannot defend themselves. The more hopeful science enthusiasts will assume that, because humans are reasonable creatures that adhere to truth, science should come naturally to them. But […]

October 2, 2017

Tired/Wired With exams coming up, I decided to look into the recent science around sleep and stimulants. Sleep as an area of study gets increasingly more complicated the more we look at it. While the current consensus is that sleep helps to form memories and gives the body time to recharge after exerting itself, there […]

September 18, 2017

My Opinion is Trash “Trash” is really more of a philosophical label than a material one. After all, it’s just the word we gave to things that we’ve determined have no purpose after their initial use. One of the key questions facing manufacturing companies about sustainability and waste reduction is reconsidering the “end-of-life fate” of […]