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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....
It really was a bargain from the bargain bin. Graduate student Alex Smith wanted to make a solar cell work better, and he found his solution in the most unlikely of places: a Blu-ray copy of Jackie...
Science and art are generally thought to play different roles in society.  People often think of science as a complex combination of rigorous investigation, creative innovation, and quest to...
As a transfer student to Northwestern, I knew I wanted to become involved in research in some capacity. I joined a molecular biosciences lab as an undergraduate researcher during my junior year to...


May 23, 2016
I just received a picture message from a cousin. Following an image of her friend’s face, the text... Read More
Apr 6, 2016
Imagine a world where your house is attuned to your needs. It knows exactly what temperature you... Read More
Mar 3, 2016
My father’s voice faltered as my family sat around the kitchen table. He was young for such a... Read More


By: Namratha Sastry
Jun 1, 2016
A few weeks ago, I saw the new Captain America movie with a few friends. I thoroughly enjoyed all the... Read More
By: Carolyn Wilke
Apr 8, 2016
Spring is here. In the forests of the Midwest, frogs are waking from their hibernation. Many of these frogs... Read More
By: Sara Grady
Mar 30, 2016
Editing a magazine and working for a science engagement center at Northwestern, most of my job is connecting... Read More
By: Sara Grady
Feb 22, 2016
The end of February usually drags. Everyone’s understandably impatient for the long Chicago winter to end.... Read More