Category Archives: Science

The March for Science[-based policy making]

Since its inception, the March for Science has been contentious, drawing as much vocal criticism as praise. Scientists getting politically involved? What are they protesting? What do they hope to accomplish? I’ve found this debate to be very encouraging, and … Continue reading

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#overlyhonestmethods

#overlyhonestmethods¬†(link sends you to Twitter) In the last day or so, the Twittersphere has been flooded with #overlyhonestmethods. Honestly, I’ve never jumped onboard Twitter, but reading these tweets has been really fun. Especially when I read one and think “Oh … Continue reading

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More than just immediate gratification

Today was a rough day for me. Not just because of specific events that transpired, but because what happened provoked me to do some deep introspective thinking, and led me to realize that my current attitude and habits may not … Continue reading

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Open-minded science

Yesterday I picked up a copy of The Art of Happiness written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama with American psychiatrist Howard C. Cutler. I approached the book with no high expectations but simply hoping to find some small doses … Continue reading

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Science for women by women?

This weekend I will be volunteering as a college student “buddy” to one of hundreds of girls in grades 7-9 that attend the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference at Cornell. According to the event website, “EYH is a one-day conference … Continue reading

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“Nature is the biggest bioterrorist” – censorship in the scientific community

For the first time ever, a government advisory board, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), overseen by the National Institutes of Health, has urged two major scientific journals, Science and Nature, to withhold from publishing certain reports. These … Continue reading

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Are you premed? – not anymore…

One thing I noticed my freshman year at Cornell was that EVERYONE was premed. Granted, I was friends with a number of ambitious biology majors, but it wasn’t just them – the engineer across the hall, the math major next … Continue reading

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What makes a good student? And a good scientist?

I couple nights ago, I found myself in a familiar situation. It was 4:12 am, I still had a ton of work to left to do, but only a couple hours until I had to wake up for class. I … Continue reading

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It’s kaleidoscopic

So this week in Chem 3020, we did part II of the Optical Microscopy lab. But this time, instead of looking at fibers, we looked at the fusion of crystals of various explosive organic substances under a light microscope. This … Continue reading

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Chemistry like on TV (aka. accidental waste beaker rainbow)

You know how in movies, and TV shows, and commercials, and in pamphlets, etc. chemistry is always depicted as smiling scientists in lab coats, gloves, and goggles, holding beakers and Erlenmeyers of colored solutions? Something like this: Chemistry is rarely … Continue reading

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