Category Archives: Commentary

The Replication Crisis: Making Science True

The Royal Society of London is the oldest national scientific institution in the world. Founded in 1660, the Royal Society was one of the birthplaces of science as we know it today. The Royal Society’s founding ideal became its motto–“nullius in verba,” meaning “take nobody’s word for it.” Every week, the fellows of the Royal Society would meet to show

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Small Things: Lightly Toasted

Once upon a time, it was the early 20th century and physics was pretty much over. Yes, that’s right. With classical mechanics (remember what we talked about last time?) having been thoroughly thought out by some of the most brilliant scientific minds in history

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Second-wave Effects: A Global Health Perspective on Climate Change

Monsoon season in Southwest Asia generally stretches from early June until late September. While the annual rainfalls are known to replenish freshwater and maintain the vibrant green rice paddies that line hills, the last decade has seen a greater severity in the amount of rain, resulting in catastrophic consequences for the people of the south Asian subcontinent. This past year,

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DNA Synthesis Going Viral: Evaluating the Security of Dual-Use Biotechnology

In 2004, the United States passed legislation that made hundreds of researchers around the country guilty of a crime with consequences of up to $2,000,000 fines and a prison sentence of 25 years to life. What was that crime? Working with vaccinia—a live virus vaccine that essentially eradicated smallpox by 1980 and became the most widely used human immunization. While

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