InterSTEM Blog


Informative articles on various STEM topics and research are published weekly.

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  Audrey Lee   04 Sep 2021   5 min
How has the pandemic influenced sleep?

Audrey Lee - It’s no news to anyone that a large portion of the population is sleep-deprived. So how did this change when the pandemic forced the world into a global lockdown? Has staying at home helped the world finally catch up on lost sleep?


  Catherine Todd   28 Aug 2021   5 min
Sources of Renewable Energy

Catherine Todd - Due to rising global temperatures, it is now more important than ever to limit the use of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are releasing large amounts of CO2 into the air, causing climate change to worsen. However, there are alternatives that are covered in this piece.


  Vova Prylepa   28 Aug 2021   5 min
Parthenogenesis: The miracle behind 'Virgin Birth'

Vova Prylepa - Learn more about the wonders of animal reproduction without the involvement of sex cells, along with some interesting cases of human embryo development using only or mainly female DNA.


  Amber Abbas   02 Aug 2021   5 min
Garbage ‘patches’: A buoyant Dumpster-fire

Amber Abbas - Have you ever wondered, dear reader, where all the garbage that flows in the rivers of the world goes? Eventually, the river meets the sea and so does the garbage. This write-up aims to sensitize the masses about the dire problem of plastic pollution in the ocean with a focus on The Great Pacific Garbage Patch(GPGP).


  Daniel Wang   17 Jul 2021   5 min
The Future of Coral Reefs

Daniel Wang - Dr. Garen Baghdasarian gave a presentation as part of the InterSTEM Speaker Series on coral reefs. His presentation answered many questions and created many important questions: with global threats such as climate change, what is the future of coral reefs? Why should humans care?


  Sydney Hollingsworth   10 Jul 2021   5 min
Will the Earth ever run out of resources?

Sydney Hollingsworth - The Earth is a huge place, with much we have yet to discover, but as a species we are consuming natural resources at an alarming rate and many have predicted the destruction of our planet entirely. Is it possible for us to use up all of the Earth’s natural resources? What could the consequences of this be?


  Rachel Huang   10 Jul 2021   5 min
How Spotify knows exactly what you want to listen to

Rachel Huang - Spotify is the biggest music streaming platform in the world, with over 70 million songs and 356 million users. The most popular feature of Spotify is its ability to personalize based on users’ preferences with a mesh of machine learning models and data analysis algorithms that proves to be virtually limitless as the user community continues to grow.


  Tania Firouzbady   10 Jul 2021   5 min
Antibiotic resistance and the human microbiome

Tania Firouzbady - Antibiotic resistance has become a pivotal topic for biomedical research in recent years. Its ability to hinder advancements in drug development makes it one of the biggest threats to public health. Approximately 2.8 million people in the United States develop an infection due to antibiotic resistance each year.


  Neha Bhardwaj   10 Jul 2021   5 min
Bias in Facial Recognition Technology

Neha Bhardwaj - Facial recognition technology is instrumental in many aspects of our lives. However, due to disparities in the way these algorithms are developed and trained, the software has far higher error rates when dealing with racial minorities, women, elderly, and the children. This bias has had disastrous implications in the realms of law enforcement and security in particular.


  Catherine Todd   03 Jul 2021   5 min
How technology has helped preserve music during the pandemic

Catherine Todd - It is incredibly difficult to use Zoom for everyday meetings and school where the only requirement is talking, so imagine the struggles that musicians faced when they were forced to rely upon these softwares. Luckily, other technologies have emerged, allowing somewhat normal musical performances throughout the pandemic.