What If Your Smartphone Could Help With Research?

Did newspapers in wartime get more discolored due to being accessed more frequently? This long-held belief is exactly what Professor Tim Wess of the Charles Sturt University in Australia set out to test, armed with nothing but a smartphone. In addition to testing the hypothesis, the researcher sought to establish whether data obtained from only […]

How Do Peanut Allergies Develop?

Food allergies are more prevalent than ever. Chances are, you, your friend, family member, or co-worker has a food allergy, or knows someone who does. Most allergic reactions result in itchy or watery eyes, skin rashes, or upset stomachs that can be remedied with antihistamines. Anaphylaxis is the most extreme and serious reaction to allergens, […]

Gravitational Waves from A Neutron Star Merger Shake the Earth and Astrophysics

130 million years ago, two neutron stars spiraled into one another resulting in an enormous explosion that sent ripples barrelling through the universe. These ripples finally came ripping through the Earth on August 17, 2017 and were detected by LIGO/Virgo as a gravitational wave gently squeezing our planet. LIGO/Virgo is a collaboration between three research […]

Can We Teach a Computer to Be Creative?

Creativity is no small task. We do our best to cultivate and cherish the imagination of young children, and struggle to maintain those senses as we get older. But what exactly is creativity? Can its rules be written down? Is there an algorithm for it? Can we teach a computer to be creative? As the […]

Clues on the role of bacteria in Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), is a chronic neural disease which slowly degrades the nervous system. Millions of people worldwide are affected by this disease, in particular those 65 and older. The disease may start a decade before the signs are evident, with a display of early symptoms such as difficulty in remembering recent events. The disease […]

The Sleeping Giant in a Small Town

Astronomers have uncovered a supermassive black hole, weighing 17 billion suns, in the middle of nowhere. This nearly record-breaking supermassive black hole is in the center of a small galaxy cluster, which is a small town by universe standards. At the center of a given galaxy, there resides a supermassive black hole. To be considered […]

Two Black Holes Made a Mega Black Hole!

1.76 billion light years away, two black holes smashed into one another, bearing one huge black hole the size of 53 suns. The explosion from this merger created enormous distortions in spacetime, known as gravitational waves. These gravitational ripples have been flying through the universe, and finally visited Earth. The gravitational waves, theorized by Einstein, […]