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Melissa Wong

A silkworm spinning silk thread into a spool on a leaf.

The Science Behind Silk

Silk has always been associated with luxury. And in recent years, there has been a growing hype over silk products, such as silk pillowcases and eye masks. But where exactly does silk come from, and what makes silk so special?

A DNA helix with a missing segment. A Scottish fold cat stands in the gap. A picture of a broken bone, kidneys, and a heart are connected by a line to their respective parts on the Scottish fold cat's body.

The Trade-off Between Health and Floppy Ears

Is your guilty pleasure watching cat videos? If so, you are probably familiar with adorable round-faced cats with folded ears. This cat breed is known as the Scottish Fold Cat. Unfortunately, as appealing as these cats are, there are serious health concerns when it comes to breeding Scottish Folds.

A portrait of Kalpana Chawla. The text reads "Astronaut, first woman of Indian descent to go into space".

Kalpana Chawla

Meet Kalpana Chawla, an Indian-born American astronaut and engineer. Being the first woman of Indian descent to go into space, she continues to inspire young girls everywhere.

A portrait of Maria Merian. The text reads "Naturalist, pioneer in scientific illustration".

Maria Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian is a long forgotten science illustrator, entomologist, and self-taught naturalist. In this article, we recount her story and achievements that have shaped the field of scientific illustration.

A portrait of Alice Ball. The text reads "Chemist, pioneer in the treatment of leprosy".

Alice Ball

February 29th was Alice Ball day, named for an exceptional African-American chemist. She is best known for a technique she developed in 1915 to treat leprosy, which is a bacterial infection that affects the skin and nervous system and can often lead to disfigurement.