Hayley McKay

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Barbara McClintock

Meet Barbara McClintock, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who revolutionized the field of modern genetics. Although McClintock is unfortunately not as well-known as other scientists, her contributions to genetics are immeasurable.

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The Microorganism That Might Save Us

Ten billion people by 2050. It’s a statistic nearly everyone has heard. Coupled with the impending climate crisis, it seems nearly impossible humanity will be able to produce enough food to nourish such a massive global population. But there is one emerging ‘superfood’ that embodies every sense of the term: microalgae.

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The “Cure” for HIV

A London man was said to be “cured” of HIV after news of this scientific breakthrough hit the media. But what does this really mean, and what does the future look like for those living with HIV?

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GM Food Opposition

Genetically modified (GM) foods have been a hot topic of discussion between scientists and non-scientists alike. What’s the consensus?

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Microplastics From Laundry

Plastic bags, bottles, and straws commonly get a bad rep for polluting the aquatic environment. But maybe the real enemy is…our laundry?

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Critical Making

Complex problems require innovative solutions that integrate knowledge across disciplines. Learn how adopting “critical making” practices can produce more “human” solutions.