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February 22, 2020

A supercomputer designs xenobots (top row) to perform certain functions, and living xenobots (bottom row) are created on the basis of these designs. Photo is a still from the video “UVM and Tufts Team Builds First Living Robots” made by the University of Vermont.

Recently, scientists at the Universit...

The fifth/sixth grade Sparbots team works on their robot. Photo by Mike Callinan.

The fifth/sixth grade Sparbots team just wrapped up a successful season! They were one of four Sparbot teams to compete in the First LEGO League Regional Tournament where they had to fix a problem using technology.

Their...

February 22, 2020

At left: advertisement by Greenpeace Canada. 

In the summer of 2017, I watched a video from Buzzfeed that had recently gone viral. The video was of a sea turtle that had mistakenly eaten a straw, and it had to be pulled out of its nose. I was traumatized. I couldn’t even watch the video because it wa...

December 10, 2019

Trikafta is a new drug on the market that is a life-changer for many cystic fibrosis patients. According to the Genetics Home Reference, a consumer health website from the National Library of Medicine, cystic fibrosis is a devastating chronic disease that is caused by a mutation in the cystic fibros...

November 8, 2019

Imagine walking around with an oxygen tank necessary for your survival, but every vial of oxygen costs $340. For many people with chronic diseases, the medicines and therapies that help them live longer pose threats to them financially, and they must often choose their health over their financial se...

October 12, 2019

Mmm...fries! Photo from Wikipedia Commons, originally posted to Flickr by Ebru.

Junk food is a staple of modern childhood. Though foods like chips, soda, cookies, and ice cream are bad for your health when eaten in excess, creating obesity and heart problems among other things, a little doesn’t hurt....

October 12, 2019

Photo from Wikipedia Commons, originally posted to Vaping360.com.

Only a few years ago, a new device was advertised to help people who were addicted to smoking. These so-called Juuls were created as a safer alternative to smoking, helping people to wean off the cigarette that caused so many health is...

May 6, 2019

“Using the Event Horizon Telescope, scientists obtained an image of the black hole at the center of galaxy M87, outlined by emission from hot gas swirling around it under the influence of strong gravity near its event horizon,” as the caption to this photo reads in the NASA article “Black Hole Image...

April 5, 2019

For twelve years, Timothy Ray Brown, dubbed the “Berlin patient,” was the only person to be cured of HIV—until now. Photo: Science Mag.

     Twelve years ago, the first-ever person was cured of HIV. Research suggested that a cure to HIV wouldn’t be possible, as HIV is a virus that always stays in the...

February 7, 2019

     After 5 minutes and 36 seconds of battling, Grzegorz Komincz, known in the gaming world of StarCraft II as MaNa, announced "GG," an expression that video game players often use when they are defeated. His victorious opponent was AlphaStar, an artificial intelligence (AI) introduced by DeepMind...

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