by Wonyoung Lee, '22
In the span of only several decades, neuroscience has revealed that numerous mental processes are keenly related to the biochemistry systems in the brain. It was revealed that certain chemicals and hormones, such as serotonin, can induce sleep. There are many researches regarding the cause of certain brain diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease, a disease that is potentially caused by lack of a chemical called dopamine and is known to cause loss cognitive function. But, what about daily functions like emotions? Dr. Yaden and Dr. Kaufman conducted a study on the emotion awe, specifically with the purpose of narrowing the compositions of awe in order to make an emotional state measure of it called the Awe Experience Scale (AWE-S).
By Kyle Qian, '21
In an eerily disturbing, yet ironic video, Obama can be seen describing the dangers of deep-fake technology. The video looks completely genuine and had I not read the title of the video, I would have been completely deceived. For the unaware, deep-fake videos are videos that are entirely generated by AI algorithms. With some of the crazy progress in technology these days such as self-driving cars and virtual assistants, this does not seem overly surprising. The rise of deep-fake technology signals that we are headed towards the end of trust in media; this trend is advanced by the recent advancement of fake news, falsified evidence, and blackmail.
By Miku Suga, '22
Renewable, safe, and sustainable energy production that meets the demands of the increasing human population will always be the ultimate goal of the energy industry. Only 12.5% (as of 2015) of the global energy consumption is contributed by the renewable resources (main examples include hydroelectric, solar, and wind power), and it is still essential to look out for ways in which reliable energy could be generated.  Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell (P-MFC), a fascinating example of sustainably generated energy, was proposed in 2009 by the sub-department of Environmental Technology at Wageningen University in Netherlands as their project “Plant-e”, and it is worth discussing its advantages and how shortly it could be widely used in the world. 
by Dylan Sam, '21
By Malika Ramani, '21
A fever, a cough, a sore throat. Congestion, body aches, headaches. Chills, vomiting, pneumonia. No matter how its symptoms are described, the flu cannot be made to sound less debilitating that it is. And it warrants being taken seriously: last year alone, influenza killed more than 80,000 people and hospitalized an additional 900,000.  Despite this, however, a recent report published by CNN announced that this year, 34% of U.S. parents say it is unlikely that their child will receive the flu shot, with these concerned parents citing a plethora of reasons for why the vaccine is either ineffective, dangerous, or otherwise unnecessary. 
by Erika Nakajima, '21
By Claire Bekker, '21
by Wonyoung Lee, ‘22
Why do our dogs seem to understand when we ask them to go to the park, but not seem to understand when we tell them to leave the toilet paper alone? To what extent do our dogs understand what we say? A study conducted by five scholars examines this.
By Miku Suga, '22
Before the first genetically modified (GM) plant was introduced in 1983, ancestral farmers that knew nothing of genes and inheritance had been selectively breeding their crops for thousands of years. They closely observed each vegetation, hand picked, and crossed those with the desired features, i.e. the high yielding, weather-tolerant, well-adapted palatable crops. The genes for these traits were passed on to the offsprings, and the repetition of this process over many generations increased the frequency of this desired genes among the population. As demand generating competition incentivized the development of better crops, agriculturists turned to other farming techniques: interspecies crossing, hybridization, and eventually when the technology emerged, genetic engineering. 
By Ashley Nee, '22
Recently, a group of Chinese researchers led by Jiankui He claimed that they had created the world’s first genetically modified human twins. The twins were born this November from embryos that were designed with CRISPR-CAS9 technology to theoretically be more resistant to HIV infection. The veracity and success of the researchers’ claims have been called into question; even still, the act of genetic modification on humans both violates a 2003 health-ministry guideline and ethical protests made by many both within and outside of the scientific community.