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

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  Joan Joe   22 Jan 2021   5 min
The half-baked adolescent brain

Joan Joe - It was once thought that teenagers were impulsive and troublesome because raging hormones led them to despise authority, but brain imaging developments, which gathered momentum in the 2000s, tell a much more complex story. The teenage brain, it turns out, is nowhere near completely baked.


  Mehri Sadri   22 Jan 2021   5 min
COVID-19: A detailed vaccine timeline

Mehri Sadri - With 21st-century science innovation and unlimited funding, many expected a quick solution to the problems that have pierced the lives of millions. However, science cannot be rushed, as safety and surrounding logistics still linger during the initial inoculation process of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.


  Tania Firouzabady   15 Jan 2021   5 min
Ancient stardust discovered in meteorite

Tania Firouzabady - In September 1969, a meteorite fell near the town of Murchison in Victoria, Australia. Scientists have recently discovered that this meteorite contains the oldest material on Earth: seven-billion-year-old stardust.


  Rheigina Quijote   08 Jan 2021   7 min
Chemistry behind love

Rheigina Quijote - When people go off and find that certain someone to live out their sappy romantic movie goals with, no doubt is there chemistry between them - quite literally. There are only so many poetic words and metaphors to depict this unknown desire. What better way to dive into the concept of love than breaking it down to the nitty-gritty scientifics?


  Omar Dajani   08 Jan 2021   5 min
The causes, symptoms and treatment for social anxiety

Omar Dajani - Anxiety comes in many different forms, with social anxiety being one of the most well known and common. What does this mental disorder entail, and what are some of its causes? Is it possible to lower its control over an individual’s life?


  Audrey Lee   08 Jan 2021   4 min
The benefits of retrieval through testing

Audrey Lee - Students are often stressed about tests and many find themselves cramming the night before. Despite the opposition to assessing students, exams can be beneficial since it helps them practice recalling information, otherwise known as retrieval practice. Some popular study techniques such as re-reading or concept-mapping are found to be significantly less effective in remembering information compared to test-taking.


  Angela Zhang   08 Jan 2021   5 min
Why do we cry?

Angela Zhang - Crying is a universally recognizable state of emotion that most people accept without thinking too deeply about. In the article, we investigate some of the causes of human crying and why it is such an ingrained human process.


  Ashley Lee   08 Jan 2021   5 min
Uncovering the low demand for monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19

Ashley Lee - Two monoclonal antibody treatments from different companies were authorized by the U.S. FDA in November. Despite nationally low demand, administering these drugs has been a challenge for many hospitals, one contributing factor being the conflicting opinions of health professionals and officials of the Operation Warp Speed.


  Ana Monsalud   01 Jan 2021   4 min
Why can't we perfectly predict weather on Earth?

Ana Monsalud - Unless rain comes a day earlier than expected or you’re trying to find something to wear in the morning, the weather is usually the last thing on your mind. However, weather prediction is something that extends farther than showing the daily temperature and has a hidden impact on our lives.


  Sydney Hollingsworth   01 Jan 2021   5 min
The history of vaccines

Sydney Hollingsworth - With the start of a new year and the COVID-19 vaccine becoming available, it is important to look back on all that vaccines have done and debunk some of the misconceptions surrounding them. How did inoculation come to be? Who really invented vaccines? How has public opinion changed through the years? An understanding of the history of vaccines brings an appreciation for the science behind them.