InterSTEM Blog

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

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article belong solely to the author and do not reflect the political stance or ideology of InterSTEM as an organization.

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  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.

  Simone Rothaupt   26 Jun 2021   5 min
Addressing ransomware attacks

Simone Rothaupt - Ransomware attacks are occurring nearly every day and wreaking havoc upon society, so how can we address this growing issue?

  Catherine Todd   13 Jun 2021   5 min
Can carbon recapture technology be a realistic solution to the climate crisis?

Catherine Todd - What if we could pull carbon dioxide straight out of the atmosphere or even prevent it from reaching the atmosphere in the first place? Carbon capture technology makes this possible by storing carbon dioxide under the Earth’s surface where it was previously stored for much of Earth’s history.

  Vova Prylepa   13 Jun 2021   5 min
The neurochemistry behind school failure or how to stop procrastinating 101

Vova Prylepa - Discover how our neurotransmitters control our procrastination habits, as well as a few techniques that’ll help you trick your brain into not procrastinating on your daily tasks.

  Rachel Huang   29 May 2021   5 min
"Mixing and matching" COVID-19 vaccines

Rachel Huang - The idea of “mixing and matching” vaccines to boost immunity to the coronavirus is gaining traction within the medical field. Although not federally approved yet, this method of administering one type of vaccine for the first shot and another type for the second shot is scientifically proven to strengthen the two main components of the immune system: antibodies and T cells.