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Building the Brain With Alysson Muotri
06/25/2019
Inside of each brain, there is the possibility to understand how trillions of neural connections come to sense the world, record memories, create an individual, and shape who you are and who you will become. Can we ever learn how this happens? By using cortical organoids – self organized clusters of neurons generated by stem … Continue reading "Building the Brain With Alysson Muotri"
Ethics and Social Science
06/20/2019
“We’re not just playing games in empty classrooms anymore,” says Scott Desposato, professor of political science at UC San Diego. As the world of social science is increasingly reaching beyond the traditional college campus setting for their studies, new ethical questions are emerging. Sure, large amounts of data can be gathered in massive scale field … Continue reading "Ethics and Social Science"
Engineering Mosquitos to Fight Malaria
06/18/2019
Mosquitos are the deadliest animal on Earth. They spread diseases like yellow fever, chikungunya, West Nile virus and malaria. Malaria alone killed 435,000 people and infected another 219 million in 2017 according to the World Health Organization. There are widespread efforts to combat mosquito-borne illnesses, including revolutionary new gene editing techniques. Ethan Bier and Valentino … Continue reading "Engineering Mosquitos to Fight Malaria"
Updating our Views on Nature and How to Save it
06/11/2019
What is nature? What does it mean to preserve, or save it? Science writer Emma Marris says one common definition of nature in North America is the way any given place was before European explorers arrived and began changing the landscape. Therefore, saving nature would mean returning the land to how it was before their … Continue reading "Updating our Views on Nature and How to Save it"
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