Wow, it’s been a whole semester already. I’m about to be a senior and that is absolutely terrifying. I swear I was a freshman like two weeks ago. Of course, it’s all relative. If this time has been like a blink of an eye for me, it’s really some infinitesimally small fraction of the first […]Read more "Bringing It All Together"
A research team at the Tuscia University in Italy has released a study suggesting that the kick-starter for early life may have hitched a ride to earth on the backs of meteorites. Formaldehyde, an organic compound that is posited as the key building block for early microbial life, is known to exist in the centers […]Read more "Meteorite Chemicals Form Building Blocks of Life"
Earlier this week, scientists at NASA announced that Saturn’s sixth-largest moon, Enceladus, has a warm ocean at its southern pole. More importantly, it has strong evidence of hydrothermal activity on the ocean floor, the first of its kind found outside of Earth. This is a huge discovery because most scientists agree that life on Earth […]Read more "Under the Sea"
There are a compendium of factors that allow for life to exist on Earth, one of the most important of which is our core. Earth’s core is made up of molten metal that swirls and churns, generating a powerful magnetic field that shields the planet from radiation and solar wind. Our core is vital to […]Read more "“You want me to hack the planet?”"
They say anyone can build a bridge that stands up, but it takes an engineer to build one that barely stands up. While this quote might be slightly exaggerating the engineering prowess of the average Joe, the fact is that building things accurately is difficult. The architectural and structural accomplishments of the Italian Renaissance are […]Read more "El Castillo"
Like most freshmen at Vanderbilt, I took Chemistry 102a during my first semester. On the first day of class, we (ostensibly, seeing as I slept through it) discussed the concept of a mole. A mole is a unit of measurement, generally used to describe the number of atoms or molecules of something, of which there […]Read more "A Mole of Moles"
This is a picture of me drinking chocolate milk at the top of Riley Peak in Conifer, Colorado. The picture was taken over spring break this past year. My friends and I had visited the original Chipotle the day before and I had bought two chocolate milk juice boxes and only drank one at lunch. […]Read more "Victory"