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Sitting with scientists: MuMu Xu

Sitting with scientists: MuMu Xu

Chloë King, blog/podcast editor

October 26, 2015

Welcome to a new feature on An Independent Universe. It’s called Sitting with Scientists, and I’ll be interviewing awesome people from around the country with a passion for science that puts mine to shame. My first interview was with Mumu Xu, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland. S...

Take all the ribbons you want

This is what confusion looks like.

Chloë King, web staff

May 12, 2015

So, a few months ago, I won one of ten Academy of Science Honors Division scholarship, which was the product of several months of work, lots of nerves, around 100 dollars, and many prepared presentations. Last weekend, I received one of two total SunEdison scholarships, which was the product of bringing...

Mammoth madness

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Extinct Species That Could be Brought Back – from the NG DeExtinction site 

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A museum worker inspects a replica of a woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius), a species that went extinct 3,000 to 10,000 years ago. In March 2012, scientists in Russia and South Korea announced a partnership to try to clone the mammoth and generate a living specimen

Chloë King, web staff

April 27, 2015

Most people have seen Jurassic Park, but if you haven’t, here’s a quick run down. A bunch of phoney science is used to mix insect DNA with dinosaur DNA, and this full set is used to make modern living dinos. This, then, is used for a possible theme park that goes horribly wrong and ends in aroun...

Denouement

Denouement

Chloe King, web staff

March 24, 2015

Wow. I guess I’m done.   This weekend I participated in the Academy of Science’s Honors Division Science Fair. To make a long story short, I was among the top 10 finalists, and I won a scholarship for $1,000. Except why would I make a long story short? This is clearly depriving you all of ...

Skinny science

Skinny science

Chloë King, web staff

February 18, 2015

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are mental disorders, but they can have many physical affects as well; suffering from an eating disorder can change the way a body works years after the patient it back on track. Bone loss- During teen years the bones are supposed to be developing, but instead ...

Another world

Another world

Chloë King, web staff

February 5, 2015

Imagine you’re going to sleep. You lay down, close your eyes and slip into another world. There’s been lots of debate on whether or not lucid dreaming, or the ability to control one’s dreams, exists. Solidifying the evidence that they do was largely directed by researcher Stephen LaBerge. LaBerge developed a syste...

My Secret

Happy birthday, Dr. Hawking.

Chloë King, web staff

January 15, 2015

Imagine the fans of a boy band: screaming, fainting and possibly crying. Now take one of those girls and direct her screams instead to arguably the greatest living mind today. That’s me. I have a secret: I am obsessed with Stephen Hawking. Well, it’s not so much a secret as a half-secret. Many peopl...

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