Killing Bacteria with a Virus: Phages

What are Bacteriophages? Bacteriophages, also known as phages, were discovered by Frederick Twort in the early 20th century. Initially phages were used to treat only diseases such as cholera due to … [Read more...]

Northern White Rhinos: All is Not Lost

By Maia Poon On March 19th, 2018, the world’s last male northern white rhinoceros died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Sudan, the 45-year-old rhino, had been gravely ill for days. He was … [Read more...]

Standardized Testing: Can it predict college success?

Candian schools focus on students grades, while American schools focus on students standardized test scores. So which system prevails? Are grades or standardized testing a better predictor of college … [Read more...]

Inertia in Driving

I was studying for my driving knowledge test the other day when I stumbled across an unfamiliar word "inertia". It says that when we make a turn at a curve, the force of inertia will try to keep us … [Read more...]

Can we really trust at home DNA tests?

How does it work? With migration becoming more and more common, people have been losing touch with their ancestral roots and have begun to wonder about the origins of their families. One popular way … [Read more...]

The Science Behind Coral Bleaching

  January 4th, 2019 My final geography class of 2018 concluded with a discussion around coral reef bleaching, and the ramifications of climate change on the Earth's aquatic life. This … [Read more...]

Lab-Grown Meat: Would You Take a Bite?

Maia Poon   NYC-Diner-Bacon-Cheeseburger (c) Evan-Amos, CC0 1.0 Imagine eating a juicy hamburger with the guilt-free knowledge that no animals’ lives were taken in … [Read more...]

MedConnect Conference 2018

Maia Poon Suturing a Banana (c) Maia Poon, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Today, November 18th, 2018, was the MedConnect Conference at the SFU Burnaby Campus, hosted by Phi Delta Epsilon … [Read more...]

Life Made in the Lab: The Miller-Urey Experiment

Maia Poon Miller-Urey experiment (1953) (c) YassineMrabet, CC BY-SA 3.0 Organic chemistry is the branch of chemistry specializing in the study of carbon-containing compounds. These … [Read more...]

The power of Sudoku on the mind

Sudoku (c) Dobrichev (CC BY-SA 4.0) I have noticed that as I get older, I also get busier and have little time to relax. This is why in recent years, I've looked for ways that I can relax my … [Read more...]