Category Archives: Facts About Life

Gravitational Waves: Feeling Ripples in Spacetime

Before the dawn of civilization, two giants spun. Floating out in the void of space, two black holes circled each other. With every rotation, they came ever so slightly closer. And finally, in an instant, they collided. In an event of unimaginable power, two black holes became one with a universe-shaking blast. And over a billion years later, humanity heard

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HIV: Where are we now?

In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report describing HIV for the first time.  It detailed the account of five young gay men in Los Angeles who had fallen ill to opportunistic infections, which a healthy person can fight off fairly easily.[3]  There was no treatment for this disease that was causing otherwise healthy people to succumb

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Our Planet, Our Selves: The Lifecycle of the iPhone

by: Bobby Radecki September 8, 2016 1 Day After iPhone 7 Launch. “So what’s new? First, for the design. We changed everything, such as…What’s different? What’s different in this!? Oh yeah! The antenna bar: before it used to be there, and now it’s here! See how we innovate!”[1] Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube—all of social media exploded with laughter, parodying the

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Stanford’s CCRMA: The Forefront of Sound and Science

    A high caliber research university like Stanford makes millions of dollars in royalties each year—all coming from companies and technologies developed there. You may think this money all comes from biomedical discoveries, Google, or other tech startups. However, one of Stanford’s most lucrative inventions actually came from research in music and sound. If you’ve listened to any music

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What is El Niño?

It’s an El Niño year. The news is blowing up about it—Indonesia is on fire, Texas is under water, and Californians invoke the holy “El Niño” in hopes that above average rainfall will end the Drought in addition to causing flooding and mudslides (sadly, it will not). What are these people talking about? How does this mysterious ocean oscillation work?

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The Science of Symphony

How music can restore dementia patients’ rhythm of life Cover photo presents members of The 5th Dementia; back row from left to right: Gene Sterling, Sam Mayo, Spencer Lemann, Walker Landgraf, Jacob Ehrlich; sitting: Carol and Irwin Rosenstein The experience of playing music is commonly equated to a “fully body workout for the brain,” engaging multiple areas of the brain

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