Guest Work

How fair is it for just three people to receive the Nobel Prize in physics?

Guest Work Jan 24, 2018

Caroline Wagner, The Ohio State University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The Nobel Foundation statutes decree that “in no case” can a Nobel Prize be divided between more than three people. So it may not raise many eyebrows that the 2017 award in physics went to just … Read More

How ‘cannibalism’ by breast cancer cells promotes dormancy: A possible clue into cancer recurrence

Guest Work Jan 23, 2018

Thomas Bartosh, Texas A&M University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Breast cancer death rates overall have steadily declined since 1989, leading to an increased number of survivors. But while breast cancer survivors are grateful their bodies show no trace of the disease, they still face anxiety. Breast cancer … Read More

Caliban, Social Darwinism, Racism and Pseudo-Science

Jean Balchin Jan 23, 2018

As you may know, I’m very interested in the intersection of science (or pseudo-science) and literature. My favourite play of ol’ William Shakespeare has to be The Tempest, set on a wild and remote island. In a nutshell, the sorcerer Prospero, the rightful and usurped Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion, enchanting … Read More

50 years ago, a US military jet crashed in Greenland – with 4 nuclear bombs on board

Guest Work Jan 23, 2018

Timothy J. Jorgensen, Georgetown University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Fifty years ago, on Jan. 21, 1968, the Cold War grew significantly colder. It was on this day that an American B-52G Stratofortress bomber, carrying four nuclear bombs, crashed onto the sea ice of Wolstenholme Fjord in the … Read More

When sexual assault victims speak out, their institutions often betray them

Guest Work Jan 22, 2018

CW: Discussion of sexual assault. Jennifer J. Freyd, University of Oregon This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. A 27-year-old medical resident in general surgery is sexually harassed by two men – the chief resident and a staff physician at the hospital. She feels trapped. When one of the men’s … Read More

With FCC’s net neutrality ruling, the US could lose its lead in online consumer protection

Guest Work Jan 22, 2018

Sascha Meinrath, Pennsylvania State University and Nathalia Foditsch, American University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The internet may be an international system of interconnecting networks sharing a rough global consensus about the technical details of communicating through them – but each country manages its … Read More

New ways scientists can help put science back into popular culture

Guest Work Jan 19, 2018

Clifford Johnson, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. How often do you, outside the requirements of an assignment, ponder things like the workings of a distant star, the innards of your phone camera, or the number and layout … Read More

Everything you never wanted to know about bed bugs, and more!

Guest Work Jan 19, 2018

Romain Garrouste, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN) – Sorbonne Universités This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. If some insects could save the world, others do their best to seriously complicate life on Earth. Among them the prize perhaps goes to the bed bug, which after decades of absence … Read More

Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars

Guest Work Jan 18, 2018

Gary Li, University of California, Los Angeles; Danielle DeLatte, University of Tokyo; Jerome Gilleron, Georgia Institute of Technology; Samuel Wald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Therese Jones, Pardee RAND Graduate School This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Forty-five years have passed since … Read More