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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
By: Danielle Fanslow
October 19, 2016
It’s the playoffs -- the climactic end of baseball's post-season -- and in Chicago, that means watching your favorite team with an ice-cold beverage in one hand and a salty snack in the other. No... Read more
By: Nisan Hubbard
October 7, 2016
Imagine a big classroom room full of elementary and middle school students, a bunch of eager beavers if you will. Imagine these uniformed kids and their stern-faced teachers surround you, waiting... Read more
By: Sara Grady
September 28, 2016
A book which explores the wide, weird world of microbiomes and takes its title from Walt Whitman’s poem Song of Myself is a rare treat, and Ed Yong’s resoundingly well-received New York Times best-... Read more