By Lucía Achucarro
Rosalind Franklin is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in science. Most remembered for her discovery of DNA’s double helix structure, her multi-disciplinary approach to research is one to emulate. Franklin combined her love for chemistry with complex mathematical analyses and used X-ray crystallography as an experimental tool to provide the missing piece of the DNA puzzle. Her findings forever changed our understanding of how life works.
Now, 70 years later, Dr. María José Fernández is continuing Franklin’s legacy by embracing a similar multidisciplinary approach to her research in DNA topology – the study of how DNA strands are intertwined. Fernández has modernized Franklin’s discoveries by combining mathematical analyses and coding to further advance the field.
Dr. María José Fernández
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By Priya Binwal
Physicist Lise Meitner, lecturing at Catholic University, Washington, D.C., 1946. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
In the summer of 1938, a petite woman aged 59 arrived at the German-Dutch border, with 10 Deutsche Marks in her purse, a few summer clothes in her suitcase, and a diamond ring she had acquired only a few hours ago. Her name — Lise Meitner.
By Lucía Achucarro
When we think about some of the biggest scientific questions that remain unsolved in the 21st century, we might think about Dark Matter, Quantum Entanglement, and even The Multiverse - concepts that the majority of us might feel distanced from on a daily basis. But what if I told you that amongst those abstract ideas, something as natural and familiar to us as aging can be found on that list? To this day, aging remains one of the biggest mysteries in science.
By Lauren Koenig
The 2020 hurricane season has seen a record number of named storms brew over the Atlantic and the most intense tropical cyclone in history to hit the Philippines. With the hurricane season still not over, new meteorological disasters on top of an unremitting pandemic add up to a perfect storm in an already overwhelming year of events.
By Lauren Koenig
Have you ever been asked if you’re more of a night owl or a morning lark? The choice might actually be a trick question. Scientists are learning that many species are going about their day (and night) far differently than once thought.
Mountain lions in Argentina, who typically grab a bite under the cover of darkness, are hunting more during the day and boldly out in the open, according to new research led by Dr. Justine Smith published August 27 in Ecology.
By Khola Abid
Gender bias has been affecting women's scientific and academic contributions for decades; however, today’s scenario is different as many organizations are working to empower the women in STEM, like, Association for Women in Science and Scientista. These types of associations are helping incredible female scientists shift the paradigm and increase visibility and awareness of their groundbreaking work.
I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Raysa Khan, who shared thoughtful insights about how she navigates the academic world. Graduating top of her class in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry from Nottingham Trent University, Raysa joined the Spencer Lab for her PhD. She received the PhD presentation first prize at the Sussex Annual Research Colloquium in 2017. Combining scientific curiosity with dedication and hard work, Raysa is pursuing this work with the hope of making an impact in cancer research.
By Lidiya Angelova
“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman."
Antibiotics are a ubiquitous part of our lives today. However, antibiotics have only been around since the late 1920s, when they were first discovered and applied to clinical practice. Streptomycin was the second clinically effective antibiotic after penicillin, the first medicine capable of defeating tuberculosis, and was at the center of a major patent controversy.
By Dr. Vijayalakshmi (Viji) Kalyanaraman
Lithium-ion (or Li-ion) batteries rule the world of mobile devices. However, they are still in their infancy when it comes to powering up automobiles. Higher capacity and long lasting life are the keys to exploit them in automobile industry. Why is developing high performance Li-ion batteries a challenge?
By Iqra Naveed
It is an undeniable fact that science is intertwined with every domain of life on earth. Hence, it is imperative to effectively communicate science to the layman. As a result, science writers come into limelight for the purpose of educating their audience about science with utmost clarity. It is not easy to become a commendable science writer but provided the right direction and with a lot of practice, one can achieve it. So, Hamza and I had the honor to speak to Marcia Bartusiak who helped us gain some insights into her life as a science writer.
By Iqra Naveed
The crown of success in the domain of scientific achievements has mostly been granted to men for a long time in the history. It is not because of the vague claims that men have more intellectual abilities than women but because women have been somehow hindered to achieve such deluxe milestones. The educational opportunities exposed to women have always been subdued and that is why there is a stereotypical threat that holds women back in science, markedly in math. All the previous 55 recipients of the Fields Medal have been men since its inception in 1936. But in 2014, Maryam Mirzakhani defied all such norms and won the renowned Fields Medal – an international prize that is awarded to mathematicians under age 40 for outstanding discoveries in mathematics.
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