Introducing Geoarchaeology: A Tool To Examine Human Activity

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The field of archaeology has a multitude of facets, which intertwine social studies and the sciences. One of its subfields, geoarchaeology, places special emphasis on interdisciplinary work. It examines the way in which the landscape and climate of a region affected human’s lives, from trade to culture, using geophysical techniques. This paves the way for […]

Radiocarbon: How it’s formed and used in archaeology

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Introduction Willard Libby, a professor of chemistry at the University of Chicago, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in the year 1960. This Nobel Prize was for the discovery of a technique, Radiocarbon Dating, that revolutionized the field of archaeology and palaeontology1. Radiocarbon Dating is a method used to estimate the age of carbon-containing […]

Flywheels: Are Mechanical Batteries the Future of Energy Storage?

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Figure 1: Flywheel “D10 Flywheel” by tudedude is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Abstract Energy storage is vital to our modern-day society as a method of reacting to the supply and demand of electrical energy[1]. Alongside the global push to transition from non-renewable to renewable energy sources, there also exists a need to improve energy […]

ROV Golf Ball Retrieval

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 Constructing an ROV that can operate underwater to collect the golf balls that are littering ponds all over the world will benefit the environment that is being poisoned as the golf balls decompose. It will offer a much safer method of extraction than diving for the gold balls because humans will not come into direct contact with the toxins and animals present in the water. During the construction we decided to use a 3D printer to print the wheels and scoop. We had to connect and make waterproof the motor’s wires to give more power to the ROV and we used PVC pipe to construct the body to provide buoyancy. During the construction and testing phase we encountered many setbacks. Because of our strict timeline and these unforeseen complications, we were not able to make the necessary adjustments to the ROV for it to be operational in a realistic setting.

Preliminary Evidence: The Impact of Contingency Management on Depression and Anxiety Among Crack Cocaine Dependent Patients in Brazil

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Recently an epidemic has occurred in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city of over 11 million people, where in an inner city community known as “Crackloandia”, hundreds of people are openly using crack cocaine. The purpose of this research was to examine the effect of the treatment method known as contingency management (CM) paired with standard treatment (STCM) to see whether or not this treatment would alter depression and or anxiety in the population. It was hypothesized that CM would lessen the severity of anxiety and depression in the population while they received treatment for their crack cocaine use as a secondary, indirect effect. All data for the clinical trial was collected from 45 individuals seeking treatment for crack cocaine use disorder. This study found that CM effectively reduces depression and anxiety scores in patients who abuse crack cocaine. The implications of this research find it likely that CM is a treatment option capable of treating patients with a comorbidity of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse disorders.

Future-proof agriculture: Calcium Alginate Beads

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Contents 1. Abstract 2. Introduction 3. How do you make the calcium alginate bead? 4. How do slow-release calcium alginate beads work? 5. Advantages of the slow discharge of biofertilizers 6. Behaviour of bead in soil 7. Bead production: analysis of the method 8. Suggested biofertilizer composition 9. Storing the beads 10. Conclusion 11. References […]

Psychosocial Stress and Its Effect on Cardiovascular Diseases

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Abstract There is a vast amount of research and analysis between the exact impact of stress on the human body, with a substantial amount of it exploring an association with cardiovascular diseases, see the details of the specialist to book an appointment. The review has examined some of the common psychosocial stressors such as the […]

How to Look for Alien Life

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The possibility of extraterrestrial life has been discussed for centuries, in both scientific and fictitious work. But it wasn’t until 1992 that the first exoplanet (planet outside of our solar system) was detected, and 2001 that the first exoplanet in a habitable zone was detected [1]. This makes exoplanetology and astrobiology relatively new fields of […]

Martha Chase: The Underappreciated Geneticist

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Martha Chase was an American geneticist. In 1952, during the “Hershey-Chase Experiments,” she accompanied Alfred Hershey, helping to experimentally confirm that DNA, not protein, is the genetic material of life [1]. This discovery was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1969, yet excluded Chase [2]. There is not much information about the […]

Professor Nergis Mavalvala

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Nergis Mavalvala [1] Introduction Nergis Mavalvala champions diversity as the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics and the Associate Head of the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) [1], a female in a male-dominated field, but that’s just the beginning. She is also a Pakistani-American, and openly queer. A professor […]

Alan Turing: The Pioneer and Revolutionary

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Alan Turning; Courtesy of The New York Times Abstract:  Alan Turing was a homosexual English mathematician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist, known for his famous work in cracking the Nazi Germany communication code called the Enigma code and developing the first blueprints to what became the modern computer. However, aside from his revolutionary work in these […]

Joan Roughgarden and Social Selection

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Joan Roughgarden, courtesy of Stanford University Profiles  LGBTQ+ Pride month is celebrated every June in remembrance of the Stonewall riots to champion the dignity and visibility of LGBTQ+ individuals. It is estimated that LGBT people are around  20% less represented in STEM fields than expected.1 Therefore, it is important we champion the inclusivity of LGBTQ+ individuals […]

Pride Month 2020

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A Pride Month protest taking place in New York City. Courtesy of Introduction  On June 26th, 1969, police in New York City had raided Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. The bar was just one among many havens for those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender community. This riot had inspired […]

SPACE-X and Our Space Economy

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Despite our fascination with outer space for decades, the promise of commercial space travel remains difficult to attain. However, that may have all changed two weeks ago, when two NASA astronauts were sent into orbit in a SPACE-X rocket. The first major launch in nearly ten years, the mission took place during an unusual time […]