Funky Smells, Strange Sounds, and Weird Sights: Evolutionary Explanations About Our Senses

The world looked very different for early humans, and their daily life was vastly different from that of people living in the 21st century. Our five senses, once crucial to our survival, are easy to take for granted. For most modern humans, food is easily accessed, and we spend the bulk of our time indoors, […]

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes: the benefits and drawbacks

Many of us have had the misfortune to encounter mosquitoes at one time or another. If we’re lucky, we’ve only experienced them from the perspective of being something of an annoyance. We see them as buzzing pests that emerge during humid periods and leave their mark with itchy bumps and welts. However, they can be […]

Utilizing Virtual Reality During Self Isolation

In the wake of the novel coronavirus, almost all of us are settling into life in quarantine. Self-isolation sounds easy enough until the rose-tinted glasses are taken off, with many of us wondering what else – after work, chores, and our favorite tv shows are over – we can do to pass the time. With […]

Tomorrow is Now: Scientific Discoveries and Processes Driving the Tech of the Future

In recent decades, consumer and commercial technologies have developed so rapidly, so expansively, that those of us who came of age prior to the digital revolution would hardly recognize the world today if we hadn’t experienced it. Those of us old enough to remember the 1990s could never have anticipated how today’s technologies would infiltrate […]

No Respecter of Borders: How Countries Respond to Contagion

The history of infectious diseases is as old as human history itself. From the Black Plague that ravaged the Middle Ages to the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic that claimed more lives than the Great War, these microscopic pathogens have proven time and again to be among humanity’s most cunning adversaries.

Harnessing Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy taps into and harvests the heat released from below the surface of the earth. It’s a renewable energy that doesn’t contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Geothermal energy reduces our carbon footprint and doesn’t take up a structural footprint, either. Unlike the endless fields of wind turbines or solar panel arrays, most of the […]

The Mechanics of the Greenhouse Gas Effect

Did you know that there used to be palm trees in the Arctic? It was 56 million years ago, but it was caused by greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere at an alarming rate. It’s hard to imagine palm trees swaying where we think of polar bears and glaciers, but due to […]