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By: Daikang Yan
April 23, 2017
Almost everyone loves fireworks. When admiring the brilliant colors exploding in the sky, have you ever wondered where this colorfulness comes from? Fireworks are colorful because of their ability to... Read more
By: Alane Lim
April 8, 2017
When an oven bakes you can feel the heat, and on a stovetop you can see the flames emanating from the surface. A microwave oven, on the other hand, can cook food quickly, without any visible source... Read more
By: Alice Pham
March 31, 2017
Shedd Aquarium was my first job. As part of the "Teen Work Study" program, I learned about different types of marine animals such as turtles and stingrays. Additionally, I found out about the... Read more
By: Agnes Laskowski
March 23, 2017
You may have heard of CRISPR-Cas9. It’s in the science news a lot, and more recently popping up in the medical news. But what is it exactly? CRISPR-Cas9 is an acronym attached to an acronym. It... Read more
By: Alane Lim
March 2, 2017
As a kid, my friends and I used to pretend we were dragons. On chilly days, we would blow clouds with our breath, pretending we were fire-breathers.  However, sometimes, even though it was cold out,... Read more
By: Han Teng Wong
February 14, 2017
I recently got into a debate with a colleague about whether or not I am a biologist. According to this biologist, I cannot possibly be a microbiologist because my lab is part of the Department of... Read more
By: Alane Lim
February 7, 2017
For many of us, magic is a mystery. Even though we know a coin can’t possibly vanish into thin air, we’re made to believe as if it does. A magician’s act can be so convincing that, for a few minutes... Read more
By: Abha Gosavi
February 1, 2017
It’s a typical, pleasant winter morning in Evanston. The ground is covered with a blanket of wispy snow. The Northern winds blow my scarf like a windsock. I reach for the handle on my car door and... Read more
By: Sara Grady
December 20, 2016
When I lived in the UK, I spent a significant amount of time in cozy, British pubs. They are the epitome of Sherlock-Holmes-loving, chestnut-roasting, dark-beer-drinking Britishness. And perfect for... Read more
By: Kelly Ksiazek-Mikenas
November 3, 2016
In Jack and the Beanstalk, seeds tossed out a window spring up overnight, reaching a secret land high above the Earth.  In reality, beanstalks, peas, clover, and other plants in the family Fabaceae... Read more