Month: March 2019

Climate change and environmental justice: a case study in ethics and science

Climate change and environmental justice: a case study in ethics and science

A key part of the fight against climate change is to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs). So, when a massive corporation reduces their emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 900,000 cars off the road, we should celebrate their efforts in “breaking sustainability barriers” – right?…

Chemistry of Antihistamines, Nothing to Sneeze At

Chemistry of Antihistamines, Nothing to Sneeze At

March in North Carolina brings out one of the country’s greatest rivalries. No, I’m not talking about UNC vs Duke basketball. I’m talking about when the flowers start to bloom in the Tar Heel state, and pandemonium ensues. North Carolinians run to their local pharmacy…

Your Guide to the CRISPR Babies

Your Guide to the CRISPR Babies

Imagine a future in which we can edit genes like a sentence in Microsoft Word. We could highlight, delete, and correct a section of a gene known to cause disease, virtually eliminating the devastating genetic illnesses that cost the world billions of dollars and countless…

Data Storage: Easy as ATCG

Data Storage: Easy as ATCG

In the digital age, our world revolves around data. Archives of data provide proof of our own existence, such as birth records and proof of the mundanity of everyday life, like that grocery list you wrote in your Notes app. Tech companies in particular create…

My Scientific Training Brought Me to My New Favorite Book Genre

My Scientific Training Brought Me to My New Favorite Book Genre

It was about this time last year that I found myself falling flat on the admirable New Year’s resolutions I had set. My daily yoga routine had evolved into a 30 second toe-touch in the morning and my new eco-friendly products were still in a…