Looking into our universe with a fresh pair of “eyes”

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Modern day engineers have progressed tremendously from Galileo Galilei’s original refracting telescope. Since then, thanks to key contributions from Isaac Newton, engineers have been able to develop reliable reflecting telescopes which can be deployed into outer space.

The Hubble Space Telescope is one such telescope, sent into the Earth’s orbit…

The root of the cosmic radiation problem

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Sci-fi movies present an unrealistic standard of the consequences of prolonged exposure to harmful radiation. Rather than gaining superpowers, you are much more likely to develop health problems or increase the risk of developing them down the road.

Today, one of the biggest concerns in the rising space tourism industry

Defining the line between confabulation and psychosis

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In 2009, self-proclaimed “paranormal consultant,” Fiona Broome, launched a bizarre controversy surrounding the death of the South African president, Nelson Mandela.

The incident originated in a conference where Broome publicly reminisced about Mandela’s death, which she claimed occurred in prison during the 1980s. …

Observing post-amputation effects in panther worms with the help of transgenesis

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Imagine cutting your legs off, but rather than dying from blood loss, you regrew your legs anew.

While humans do not have these regenerative powers, many other organisms do! Limb-regrowing animals include salamanders, geckos, and starfish, just to name a few.

But, what if you didn’t just regenerate your legs…

Exploring the power of NanoMslide

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Microscopes allow scientists to observe hyper miniscule organisms and other samples. In medicine, microscopes offer a variety of practical services:

In surgery, stereo microscopes help doctors achieve a closer look at body parts that need to be operated on. This makes it easier to apply sutures or make an incision…

Making it rain, literally.

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Cloud seeding is an innovative technique of artificially generating rain by sprinkling “seeds,” or crystals, into clouds.

The modern cloud seeding method was invented in the mid-1900s, owing to the work of self-taught chemist Vincent Schaefer. Schaefer’s original experiments relied on a traditional household freezer, where he could stick his…

Evolutionary theory versus inbreeding depression

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Royal families are the perfect case studies for human inbreeding. While people generally associate inbred family trees with European monarchies, inbreeding was quite common among other cultures as well.

Ancient Egyptian pharaohs are a case in point. It is believed that this concept of “keeping the bloodline pure” was first…

“Sophia the Robot” wants a kid

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“Sophia the Robot” is no stranger to the spotlight. In 2016, her first public appearance at SXSW (South by Southwest Festival) took the robotics world by storm.

At the time, Sophia’s conversational skills were rather elementary and, while still impressive, they were easily overshadowed by her uncanny humanoid appearance.

Sophia…

Catherine Rasgaitis

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