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When then Senator Barack Obama visited Google in 2008, one of the questions he was asked was “what is the best algorithm to sort a million different numbers”? Obama, being up to speed on all the...
You’ve known each other forever. In the restaurant, the appetizer takes an eternity to come. You sit in front of each other, both staring at the empty plates. You want to break the silence, but every...
What do cows, landfills, and petroleum extraction all have in common? Each produces methane, one of the greenhouse gases trapping heat in our atmosphere and warming the planet. This gas is potent: it...
As a molecular biology graduate student, I am often asked what I actually do at work. Badly explained, my daily job is to be a glorified liquid handler. I move tiny volumes of liquids from a large...
They are concealed at the tip of your pencil. They linger in the lubricant in your car. They have been hiding in plain sight your entire life. Two-dimensional materials – a newly discovered class of...


Aug 2, 2017
Established pillars were under attack across the Western world. It was the late 1700s, and the... Read More
May 30, 2017
Standing in Stanley Field Hall at the Field Museum, volunteer Sarah Tulga holds out a bone to two... Read More
May 14, 2017
I sit in the pitch-black room, twisting the knobs on the control pad of the electron microscope. I’... Read More


By: Austin Lim
Sep 2, 2017
Tent, sleeping bags, raingear: check. Flashlight, S’mores, clean water: check. Sunscreen, toothpaste: check... Read More
By: Paige Edmiston
Aug 20, 2017
Adam Jakus, PhD, is an alumni of the Shah Tissue Engineering and Additive Manufacturing (TEAM) Lab at... Read More
By: Sara Grady
Aug 16, 2017
A total solar eclipse will be sweeping the US mainland on Monday, August 21. Here's our round-up of need to... Read More
By: Paige Edmiston
Jul 8, 2017
Imagine a new flu virus is sweeping the country. You’re a public health communications expert at the Center... Read More