Month: November 2015

Five foods to get you through cold and flu season

During the winter season, our bodies endure a substantial amount of stress. As temperatures drop, our immune systems can suffer. But staying happy and healthy throughout the cold and flu season is easier than you think. Here are 5 food groups that will help you…

From Basic to Extraordinary: Four Basic but Remarkable Materials

It’s easy to assume that important chemical compounds are complex. However, some of the most remarkable substances are composed of simple repeating units. Here are four carbon-based structures that, while simple in their underlying composition, have revolutionized the chemical material industry. Polyethylene When most scientists…

Women in Science: Reflections on Organizations to Promote Gender Equality in STEM

Women are largely underrepresented in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).  To tackle this problem, groups around the University of North Carolina’s campus, throughout the Research Triangle, and across the country have dedicated themselves to the advancement of women in STEM.  Women In Science…

When The Empire Strikes Back: A Biography of Cancer and Our Battles Against It

A couple of years ago, I read what was easily the best work of nonfiction that I had ever read. As I am an avid consumer of nonfiction books and documentaries, that statement alone should speak for itself. Within a few pages of reading Siddhartha…