Category Archives: Research

A Quantum Leap in Verification

On October 7th 2018, Urmila Mahadev, a graduate student in computer science at University of California, Berkeley, presented a breakthrough algorithm with the power to change quantum computing as we know it. Dr. Thomas Vidick, a professor at the California Institute of Technology and past collaborator with Mahadev on quantum computing, declared Mahadev’s discovery “one of the most outstanding ideas…

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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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Colombian Jungle Cows to Syrian Social Media: Researching Leishmaniasis

Dusk has fallen in the jungle outside of Tumaco, Colombia. A team of researchers has traveled via jeeps and canoes to the western side of the country, leaving behind the glimmering lights of the Cali metropolitan area. They load the supplies for their remote three-day expedition and placate perhaps the most important item of their trek, a cow borrowed from

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Turning a Natural Phenomenon into a Gene Editing Powerhouse: CRISPR Pioneer, Doudna, at Stanford’s Johnson Symposium

The CRISPR cake Last week, I celebrated my eighteenth birthday. My dorm threw me in the shower, per Stanford tradition, and baked me a cake. The cake was made of Rice Krispies Treats – a direct pun on one of my greatest interests in science: CRISPR. My fascination with CRISPR started when I was a freshman in high school, and

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Alternative Science? The future of science research in Trump’s America

By: Lloyd Lyall Trump’s attitudes on medicine and the environment might be some of the most striking disavowals of science in the modern world. The president has labelled climate change a “hoax created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing noncompetitive,”2 and claimed “new ‘environmentally friendly’ lightbulbs cause cancer.”3 Fracking poses “zero health risks,”4 and vaccines

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The Other Antibiotic: Viruses

Whether the name is spread by the 5 o’clock evening news, the National Institutes of Health website, or a box that you may have to check when registering as a new patient at a healthcare facility, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) is quite a topic of interest in public health. Wait, what is methi-huh-Staphylo-wha? You’ve probably heard of the dangers regarding MRSA,

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