Hearing and tasting colours: the multisensory mystery of synaesthesia

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For around 4% of the population, the concept of colour is much more than a stimulation of photoreceptor cells: those who experience synaesthesia are able to hear colours, or associate colours with letters, numbers and even music. The word synaesthesia comes from the Greek ‘syn’ (meaning union) and ‘aesthesis’ (meaning sensation). Therefore, this rare condition […]

Stars and their Colours

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Abstract Stars are often described in terms of their colour. Sentences like “Betelguese is a Red Supergiant” and “The Sun is a Yellow Dwarf” paint an image, but there is also a great deal of physics behind them. Stars emit light in a way similar to black bodies. The wavelength of electromagnetic radiation that a […]

The Maternal Care Crisis in America

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Abstract Based on the ever-changing circumstances America is facing, issues concerning medical ethics have risen. The maternal care crisis is a long term issue that has lacked substantive solutions in terms of policy and social change. After analyzing different perspectives, including the medical, economic, and racial lens, that culminate in the maternal crisis, suggestions for […]

IN THE BOXING RING WITH COVID-19: How do we fight a virus?

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Grace En Xie1 Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic is the ongoing battle between humans and the virus SARS-CoV-2. SARS-CoV-2 attacks by infiltrating the human body, causing mild to deadly effects. The virus spreads through human transmission into the lungs, activating the immune system to help or harm. People around the world have worked to reduce SARS-CoV-2’s […]

How can exercise have an antidepressant effect on the brain through BDNF?

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Abstract Regular physical activity has long been known to have positive effects on mood and mental health. In this study, the antidepressant effect of exercise in the brain of patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), which includes symptoms such as decreased mood and motivation caused by changes in the chemical molecules of the brain, was […]

Design for a Europa Subsurface Explorer Mission with a Telescopic Subsurface Vehicle

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Abstract Europa, one of Jupiter’s four large Galilean moons, is a target of prime importance for exploration. This is due to the likely presence of a global subsurface liquid water ocean beneath a water ice crust, raising the possibility that Europa could support simple life. Future mission concepts include a lander deploying a probe to […]

The Holographic Principle

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Abstract This article aims to demystify the Holographic Principle, an emerging theory that encompasses as disparate fields as black hole physics, string theory, cosmology, and quantum mechanics. As such, it is no mean feat to attempt to provide a working knowledge of this theory in a single article. However, it is the author’s goal to […]

Evolutionary rescue

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Introduction Known for being picturesque and colourful, corals are paramount to the maintenance of global biodiversity. Corals are the keystones of their ecosystems- the eponymous coral reefs. Coral reefs cover less than 0.1% of the ocean floor, yet host more than a quarter of all the fish species on the planet. They support the livelihoods […]