Alexandra Nitoiu

A view of space debris floating around the Earth from outer space.

Rockin’ Around the Space Debris

Humans have always looked to the stars for guidance and a sense of belonging, whether it was for celebrations and harvests or for physics and math. But if wanting to feel a part of something is a uniquely human trait, so is the ability to trash every place we’ve ever set foot on.

Primates progressively evolving into a human. Thought bubbles above the heads of each primate show the evolution of thought or consciousness, starting as a scribble and eventually a brain.

The Beginner’s Guide to Evolving Consciousness

We humans seem to have developed a higher level of consciousness that we haven’t found anywhere else in our universe. But what exactly caused our species to diverge so much from other organisms in this particular aspect?

Friendly-looking microbes in the stomach. The text reads "your friendly neighbourhood microbes".

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Microbes

We humans tend to place ourselves on a pedestal above all other organisms, but we should take the time to thank these little microbes for the work they do in keeping our gut healthy.

An illustration of a brilliant blue ocean. The text reads "Sink or Swim?".

Sink or Swim

When you think of climate change, you likely think of glaciers melting, stranded polar bears, or ocean levels rising. It’s pretty clear that rising sea levels threaten to plunge us all underwater, but why should we care about the other stuff, like ocean acidification?

A car driving down a road, leaving a trail of exhaust that reads "air pollution". Large skyscrapers fill the background.

Breathing to Death

Breathing isn’t supposed to be dangerous, it gives us life. But that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Smoking isn’t considered socially acceptable now but our health is still in jeopardy with every breath we take, and the culprit is more insidious than we could’ve ever expected.

A strand of DNA walking a tight rope, with a city skyline pictured below the tight rope. The text reads: Do genetics determine risk-taking behaviour?

Genetics of Risk Tolerance

Are you the kind of person who takes risks? Chances are, you’ve considered this question before, and might think you’re relatively set in your ways as a risk-taker or otherwise. But is there a way to tell whether someone is more or less prone to taking risks?