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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 […]

August 21, 2017

First synthesised in 1938, LSD has had an interesting experimental history, depending on your definition of “experiment”. While the ’70s counterculture took it to expand their minds, the CIA was using it to control them, exploiting LSD’s believed capacity to put people in a highly suggestible state to start an arms race of psychological warfare. […]

August 7, 2017

I’ve been wanting to do a SPAAAAAAAAAACE column since I started writing Super Science Trends. The only issue is “everything outside of Earth” is a pretty broad category to cover, so here’s a smattering, a constellation if you will, of news stories about the final frontier. SpaceX’s reusable rocket, the Falcon 9, achieved a successful […]

August 7, 2017

In an increasingly secular age, we often look to technology as our salvation. In borrowing that narrative from religion, we treat every new development, from the steam engine to CRISPR, as either the Second Coming or the herald of an apocalypse. Social media is a complicated case of this. While it is restricted by programming […]

July 24, 2017

A few columns back, I brought up the recent development of artificial wombs. Created at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, these plastic “BioBags” are filled with electrolyte fluids and outfitted with an oxygenator and nutrient-carrying tubes to better simulate the chemical and bacterial environment of a womb than an ordinary hospital incubator. While these artificial […]