Perceived Importance of Talent Predicts Gender and Race Disparities across Academic Fields

A few influential women scientists of the twentieth century (left to right): Marie Curie, Lisa Meitner, Emmy Noether

A recent study published in Science suggests women tend to pursue careers in which hard work is thought to be more important than innate talent. The authors conclude that this an important cause of the continuing gender disparity in a variety of academic fields, not just in STEM disciplines. Sarah-Jane...


Bacterial Communication Used to Kill Cancer

Bacteria shown on the left are pre-treatment; bacteria on the right have been exposed to the treatment and are dead (1).

A recent study conducted at the University of Missouri indicates that a bacterial communication system may be used to kill cancer cells. Bacterial populations communicate through a process called quorum sensing (QS). In QS, bacteria secrete signaling molecules called autoinducers. Based on the type of autoinducer secreted, bacteria can escape...


Membranes: A Solution for Our Water Woes

Membranes: A Solution for Our Water Woes

In May 2014, the United States Drought Monitor reported that 100% of Californians experienced “severe, extreme, or exceptional drought conditions” (1). The drought will cost US$2 billion and 17,000 agricultural jobs. Despite a series of fines and awareness campaign efforts to cut water consumption by 20%, water usage still increased...


Quantum Cryptology

Introduction Many have recently become aware of the significant role which network security has in our lives through the recent Heartbleed debacle. Due to a bug in OpenSSL, a standardized library for cryptographic methods used in the SSL and TLS communication protocols, countless servers were left vulnerable to potential attackers...


Graphene: The Hope for Renewable Energy

A new scientific discovery can often generate a chain reaction where additional breakthroughs take place, expanding on existing technology and generating new findings. For example, after single-layer graphene was experimentally isolated in 2004, the two-dimensional material rose to prominence in the scientific community and later earned Andre Geim and Konstantin...


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