Fall 2017: The Evolution of Science

Our Fall 2017 issue is now available online: The Evolution of Science! Articles are posted individually as blog posts (the articles are linked below), a PDF version is currently displayed on our Archives page, and print issues will be available around Harvard’s campus starting Spring 2018. We hope you enjoy browsing through this issue as much as we enjoyed putting … Continue reading Fall 2017: The Evolution of Science

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Geoengineering: Turning Back the Climate Change Clock?

By: Sandip Nirmel Global warming and climate change pose significant threats to the future of life on Earth. With temperatures increasing by an average of 0.17 ° C each decade, scientists have already begun to witness changes in sea ice melt patterns and to witness increased scope of vector-borne diseases, among other consequences (1). To … Continue reading Geoengineering: Turning Back the Climate Change Clock?

Why Racial Prejudice Isn’t Scientifically Sound: The Evolving Concept of Race in Science

By: Jessica Moore “Heart failure (HF) is a big problem, especially for African Americans. If you’re African American, you’re more likely than people in other ethnic groups to get HF at a younger age, and you’re more likely than others to be hospitalized. Unfortunately, African Americans are also more likely to die earlier than are … Continue reading Why Racial Prejudice Isn’t Scientifically Sound: The Evolving Concept of Race in Science

The Limitations of Science Where it Matters Most

By: Will Bryk Without realizing it, you and everyone you know have been desensitized to the biggest questions of existence. Every human gradually accumulates consciousness and awareness of his or her existence from the time of birth up through the teenage years. A baby simply does not have the means to contemplate its own existence, … Continue reading The Limitations of Science Where it Matters Most

The Theory of Everything, Challenged

By: Connie Cai  Since 2004, there have been 67 anti-evolution education bills introduced by local governments in the United States (1). Three of those bills have been approved in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee. These laws make it legal for public school teachers to criticize the theory of evolution—as well as other politicized topics like climate … Continue reading The Theory of Everything, Challenged

Cyborg Bacteria: Catching Light

By: Michelle Koh What is a cyborg? One might imagine Terminator-esqe half-human, half-machine hybrids or other creatures with fantastic mechanical augmentations, but we must direct our attention down to the cellular level—to cyborgian beings that are far smaller. Despite these cyborgs’ underwhelming size, UC Berkeley researcher Kelsey Sakimoto and his fellow researchers of Professor Pei-dong … Continue reading Cyborg Bacteria: Catching Light

Feeling Blue: How Instagram Activity Can Provide Insight Into Behavioral Health

By: Julia Canick In a world that places a high premium on happiness, the prospect of coping with a mental illness as debilitating as depression can be frightening. Scarier still, general practitioners diagnose only about half of major depressive disorder (MDD) cases (1). In an effort to raise this unacceptably low rate of success, Andrew … Continue reading Feeling Blue: How Instagram Activity Can Provide Insight Into Behavioral Health