Sheetal Tallada My mother was terrible at playing sick. A full six years old, I brandished my plastic, kid-sized stethoscope and faux-prescription pad, searching for the perfect diagnosis. Unfortunately, the perfect diagnosis was impossible because, well, my mother was perfectly healthy. Also, I had never been to medical school. My passion for medicine spawned from […]
I, Love as strong as an acid, Love as organic as carboxylic. She, Sweet as dilute alcohol, As consensual as volatile. In those hot days of summer, And the world’s constant hygroscopy, Our bodies would touch and cleave, Bonds would break; pieces leave. Remember I still do, Of the way we reacted, Releasing vapor as […]
Yiyi Ma There is a historic disparity between men and women PhD scientists in math, statistics, physics and chemistry—also known as the “physical sciences”. In a 2017 report released by Elsevier, of all of the US physicists and astronomers who published articles, reviews or conference proceedings, only 21% of these scientists were women. Despite the […]
The stratigraphy of Clare Boothe Luce’s life, which turned from art, to politics, to the fiscal fulcrum of science, initially took me by surprise. Like all of us, Clare Boothe Luce was a cacophony of contradiction.
Sutton Amthor A question: What was the nature of Jesus Christ’s microbes? Were they ordinary microbes, suited to Jesus’s ordinary human body? Or were they, like him, imbued with divinity, themselves fully microbial and fully divine? When Jesus was resurrected, were they resurrected with him? And–perhaps most importantly–does it matter, one way or another?
Chris Bechtol Four days before May Day celebrations were to take place in the Soviet Ukrainian city of Pripyat’, the nearby Chornobyl (Russian: Chernobyl) nuclear power plant’s Reactor 4 melted down. As a result, extremely high levels of radiation were released into the air and into the Chornobyl reservoir, which was an offshoot of the […]
Grant Holt In 1920, Marie Curie developed cataracts. The first female professor hired at Paris’ elite Sorbonne had to write her lecture notes in huge letters and rely on her daughters to guide her around campus. We understand today that exposure to radiation can be harmful to the lens of the eyes. Marie, unfortunately, lived […]
Miriam Hyman Gopher Tortoise, 50 Years Old We saw the tortoise through The rear-view mirror. “Stop!” Jorge yelled. We clambered out of the van. Ran along the side of the Highway. It was still trying to crossFront legs dragging Vibrant innards Across the blacktop. Jorge crouched to slide his hands Under each half. Held it […]