No Professor, It Isn’t Obvious.

How reductive language limits students’ learning in STEM classrooms at Columbia. By: Maria MacArdle “But obviously, the rest is self-explanatory.” Your professor puts down the chalk, turns to their notes, and prepares to move to the next topic. Your stomach drops. You look down at the unfinished derivation in your notes and at the QEDContinue reading “No Professor, It Isn’t Obvious.”

Running, Shaving, and Reasoning: An Exploration of Mathematical Paradoxes

By: Tanvi Hisaria Consider the following situation: a runner is competing against a tortoise in a race. The tortoise is given a head start of 1 meter. Now, the runner starts running. In the time that it takes for him to run 1m, the tortoise has moved 0.5m. In the time that it takes forContinue reading “Running, Shaving, and Reasoning: An Exploration of Mathematical Paradoxes”

A Roundup of Early October National Healthcare News

By Sean Wang Trump to Eliminate Health Care Subsidies On Thursday, October 12, amidst a number of failed attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Trump ordered major changes to the nation’s insurance system. One of these major changes would be to remove crucial health care subsidies for low-income recipients by cutting offContinue reading “A Roundup of Early October National Healthcare News”

Then and Now: The Development of Climate Change Denial (1970-2017)

By Sonia Mahajan President Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2016 reflects a growing—and alarming—lack of concern about climate change. Pruitt, who was previously Attorney General of Oklahoma, attempted to sue the EPA a total of fourteen times before being nominated to head theContinue reading “Then and Now: The Development of Climate Change Denial (1970-2017)”

For the Love of Contrast // Part 2: LG’s Road to OLED Authority

By: Eli Epperson Edited by: Helena Rios In South Korea, a competition for television display dominance is raging. Its competitors, Samsung and LG, lead the world in the production of this pervasive technology field, which, by the year 2022, is expected to be worth close to $170 billion [1]. As mentioned in the prequel ofContinue reading “For the Love of Contrast // Part 2: LG’s Road to OLED Authority”

Dinosaurs Reclassified

By: Eva Sophia Blake Edited by: Kim Chia  For over a century, dinosaurs have been classified using the system created by the paleontologist Harry Seeley. Matthew G. Baron, University of Cambridge Ph.D candidate, however, hopes to redefine and reconfigure how scientists organize dinosaurs.  His work has been supported and encouraged by David B. Norman andContinue reading “Dinosaurs Reclassified”

The Role of Our Immune System in Alzheimer’s

By: Mariel Corinne Tai Sander Edited by: Kim Chia In 1907, at a conference in Tubingen, Dr. Alois Alzheimer described a curious disease characterized by “numerous small miliary foci…found in the superior layers…the storage of a peculiar material in the cortex” [1]. While researchers now know what those “small military foci” are—plaques of beta amyloidContinue reading “The Role of Our Immune System in Alzheimer’s”

The Missing Piece of Misinformation

By: Audrey Lee Edited by: Helena Rios Every day, over three billion people lose themselves in a virtual reality. Most of them will send a Snap to friends, like a selfie on Instagram, or react angrily to a rant on Facebook. They return to the physical world only so they may attend to necessities andContinue reading “The Missing Piece of Misinformation”

For the Love of Contrast // Part 1: The OLED Explained

By: Eli Zachary Epperson Edited by: Helena Veronique Rios For more than a decade, the tech giants Samsung and LG have ruled the market for television displays. While the most popular television technology is the familiar liquid-crystal display, or LCD, the organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, display has emerged as a notable competitor [0]. In fact, OLEDContinue reading “For the Love of Contrast // Part 1: The OLED Explained”

“One Pig Heart Please”: Xenotransplants Take A Step Forward

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited by: Bryce Harlan Xenotransplantation. The first time I heard this word I assumed it was something from a sci-fi show. Technology akin to the faster-than-light hyperdrive or the gravitational tractor beam, perhaps. Little did I know that xenotransplantation is not only very real, but also on the frontier of medicine. ButContinue reading ““One Pig Heart Please”: Xenotransplants Take A Step Forward”