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June 21, 2019

The limit to human imagination does not exist. In the article “Usain Bolt’s Split Times and the Power of Calculus,” Steven Strogatz investigates the nature of motion and change and how mathematics can be used to model Bolt’s record-setting race. Through explorations of various methods of modeling the 100 metre dash, Strogatz contrasts the demise of historical paradoxes with the accomplishments of modern differential calculus....

June 21, 2019

"When we're looking for solutions to complex problems, we often find that nature has already done the job far more elegantly and efficiently.”  — Associate Professor Adrian Dyer, RMIT University (Melbourne)

The world is full of intricacies and mysteries left unexplored. On the subject of nature and the capacity of potential in organisms, it is fascinating to be able to discover the connections that can be made in non-human orga...

June 30, 2018

Social media giant Facebook is known as an American-based social networking platform that connects users internationally. As a multi-billion dollar company, Facebook has recently become infamous for its privacy breaches with Cambridge Analytica, where Facebook sold user data to the company--a major issue that brought the attention of people all over the world. With its now-damaged reputation, Facebook is still on the verge of...

April 4, 2018

In recent years, the use of electronics has sprung up rapidly, with billions of people worldwide spending hours of their day looking at their mobile devices, computers, or other types of electronics. A day can’t seem to pass by without seeing a friend peek at their Instagram or a parent reading the newsletter from their laptops. Why do so many people use these electronics on a regular basis? How can this usage pose problems to...

February 28, 2018

You might recall the phrase “Practice makes perfect.” That phrase relates to muscle memory, considering practice means repetitive actions. Your muscles don’t remember the movement, but your brain does. Memory is the process of taking in new knowledge by learning new information, resulting in the changes in your behaviour because of an increase of understanding and skill (Hebert, 2018). Dancers can somehow memorise a wide varie...

February 21, 2018

Since the creation of the first decentralized digital currency in 2009, Bitcoin has disrupted the financial world and cryptomanians have seized it. Bitcoin, created by Satoshi Nakamoto, was thought of as a “passing technology fad”. Now, it’s 2018, and cryptocurrency can be used to buy fried chicken at KFC.  Large companies such as Microsoft, Expedia, and Tesla are also accepting Bitcoin as a form of currency.

Bitcoin will effec...

February 15, 2018

Love is a very complicated matter that is usually overlooked in our society today. While some take love for granted and abuse its meaning, the real question everyone comes by when they’re attracted to someone is, “How do I know if I’m in love?” Little did we know, being in love actually affects our brain, our body, as well as the way we act.

   

First of all, being in love impacts our brain significantly. For example,...

February 6, 2018

Onions make us cry because propanethial-s-oxide interacts with the tears present in your eye to form sulfuric acid, which is battery acid. Onions absorb a lot of sulfur from the ground and when you cut an onion, you’re breaking the cell structure, this allows amino acid sulfoxides to form sulfenic acid, aka RSOH (Seeker, 2015) (Wikipedia, 2017). The difference between a plant cell and animal cell is that the plant cell has a c...

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