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  • September 2011

    Quarky Conversations

    The Cosmic Tenors bring physics to a lecture hall near you.

    You might expect singing when attending an event featuring the Cosmic Tenors. But that would be trite—after all, who has time for singing when you’re discussing the teleportation devices from Star Trek? It’s just one of the many questions the Tenors, a trio of physicists, have fielded during their far-reaching lectures.

  • July 2011

    Asleep at the Wheel

    Ted Abel investigates sleep deprivation’s effect on cognition.

    The next time you choose to pull an all-nighter, cramming for a test or preparing for a work presentation, think again—you’re likely damaging the exact neurological systems you hope to utilize for success. The negative effect of a lack of sleep on cognitive abilities like memory may not seem like news. In fact, it is anecdotally taught to us from a very young age.

  • June 2011

    Lending an Ear

    John Trueswell and Lila Gleitman use adults to mimic the language-learning process in infants.

    Parents, you might want to go easy on the flashcards.

  • June 2011

    A Sounder Sleep

    Video: Joshua Warren exposes the inner workings of sleep apnea.

    We all struggle to get our 8 hours. Whether it’s that last-minute work project, a test you’re cramming for, or a newborn, there are a myriad of roadblocks to a good night’s sleep.

  • May 2011

    The Learning Puzzle

    Angela Lee Duckworth explores motivation and self-control's impact on education.

    Gone are the days of using careful pen strokes to change “Ds” to “Bs” on report cards. Students now have access to far more advanced technology—Photoshop for instance, can work wonders. But what if all the effort that went into dodging academic accountability could instead be channeled into a hunger for learning?

  • April 2011

    Life in Motion

    Larry Rome and John MacDermott introduce students to cutting-edge motion analysis technology. Three biomechanics students share their eye-opening videos below.

    When the Matrix was first released, the slow motion shots of Neo, the hero, leaping mid-air through fields of bullets, quickly became iconic. Imagine having access to a camera, in class nonetheless, that could slow time to a fraction of those shots.

  • April 2011

    Hunting Games

    James Petersson uses customized amino acids to track the movements of proteins.

    Ever wondered what exactly is going on inside a cooking egg to change it from its clear goopy consistency to an edible white? Like the majority of cellular activity, a protein is front and center. In this case, however, the protein is actually behaving erroneously, misfolding, in order to go through its metamorphosis.

  • April 2011

    Divide and Conquer

    Robert Kurzban, Associate Professor of Psychology, explains the mind's customized adaptations.

    No one likes a hypocrite, or so the saying goes. But in a world driven more and more by technology like social networking, hypocrisy has never been so glaring.

  • March 2011

    Threading the Needle

    Physicist Marija Drndic and her team use advanced nanotechnology towards achieving improved DNA sequencing.

    The Human Genome Project was a scientific breakthrough that harnessed an international consortium of experts and required 13 years to complete. It was a rewarding process, but also a grueling one that didn't initially lend itself to efficiency. But with new technology, researchers are attempting to cut sequencing time exponentially—not to years, but to minutes.

  • December 2010

    Forecasting the Future

    Biologists Peter Petraitis and Brenda Casper travel to northern Mongolia to chart climate change and its effect on local ecology.

    A boggy dirt path is the only road to the nearest town. To accommodate rapidly shifting temperatures that might see a warm day in June turn into a couple of days of heavy snowfall, large circular tents, or gers, are draped with layers of felt. Yaks, sheep and cashmere goats graze amongst a diversity of plants that includes fresh thyme. This is northern Mongolia.