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By: Carolyn Wilke
July 21, 2016
I recently helped polish silver for a fancy dinner party. While I rubbed purple-gray paste over the tines of the forks, feeling a little like a maid in Downton Abbey, I pondered silver’s chemistry.... Read more
By: Namratha Sastry
June 1, 2016
A few weeks ago, I saw the new Captain America movie with a few friends. I thoroughly enjoyed all the excitement on the screen, but the 2-hours required to watch a movie does not do justice to all... Read more
By: Carolyn Wilke
April 8, 2016
Spring is here. In the forests of the Midwest, frogs are waking from their hibernation. Many of these frogs, including the spring peeper (Pseudaris crucifer) and the wood frog (Rana sylvatica),... Read more
By: Sara Grady
March 30, 2016
Editing a magazine and working for a science engagement center at Northwestern, most of my job is connecting people to science. Often, I do this by connecting science to art or education or everyday... Read more
By: Sara Grady
February 22, 2016
The end of February usually drags. Everyone’s understandably impatient for the long Chicago winter to end. While this year’s shockingly mild weather has made me slightly more tolerant of slushy... Read more
By: Lisa Qu
February 11, 2016
Algae isn’t just the green goo in your fish tank. Toxic algal blooms in the Pacific Ocean, largely due to human activity, could explain why hundreds of California sea lions are stranded every year.... Read more
By: Hannah Gavin
February 4, 2016
“What are we doing on bees? Are we doing enough?” ~ US President Barack Obama How much time do you spend thinking about bees? I’m guessing any attention they do get is relegated to those occasions... Read more
By: Namratha Sastry
January 25, 2016
My interest in biology stems from the level of complexity and organization found within a single cell. I was astonished to learn that if every DNA molecule in the human body was unwrapped, it would... Read more
By: Sara Grady
December 22, 2015
The world has been abuzz with Star Wars references surrounding the record-breaking release of Episode VII:The Force Awakens. My personal favorite has to be this pun-filled weather forecast from the... Read more
By: Carolyn Wilke
November 24, 2015
“Don’t forget the sunscreen!” The imperative cried before a trip to the beach is an important one, with the pasty white lotion saving many a sunbather from sunburns and damage from the sun’s UV rays... Read more