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Summer 2016: Wilderness

LETTER FROM THE EDITORS A NOTE ON OUR SUMMER THEME: WILDERNESS The term “wilderness” is charged with both negative and positive connotations. On one hand, it refers to a space that is barren, desolate and lonely. Wilderness represents a sphere beyond human control, where the forces of nature mete out cruelty and …

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Primary Research: The Root of Meaning

The Root of Meaning: Tree Diagrams Reveal the Complexities of Latin Grammar By Henry Bauer “All philosophy is the critique of language.”—Ludwig Wittgenstein The modern discipline of theoretical grammar seeks to formally describe language, just as theoretical physics seeks mathematical descriptions of nature. The purpose of formal languages in linguistics …

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Opinion: Gene Therapy

  Gene Therapy: Is It Time Yet? By Reece Akana On August 1, 2016, Pfizer, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, acquired …

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Features: Racing Evolution

  Racing Evolution: A new strategy for antibiotic synthesis By Alan Yang When it comes to antibiotics, the pace of our discoveries …

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Primary Research: Redesigning Life

  Redesigning Life: The Quest for Synthetic Yeast By Rahul Sharma Through the Synthetic Yeast 2.0 (Sc2.0) project, researchers are attempting to …

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Primary Research: Capture the Carbon

Capture the Carbon: Decreasing CO2 Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants By Virbin Nath A. Sapkota Coal fired power plants produce more than a …

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Summer 2015: Symmetry

LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS A NOTE ON OUR SUMMER THEME: SYMMETRY BY AMIR BITRAN NOTHING HERALDS LATE SUMMER in New England quite like …

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Toward a Regulation Revolution

“Increasing the minimum number of required studies may be the shift we need to make antidepressants on the market safe and effective. If a drug is rushed to become profitable at the cost of reduced efficacy, the medicine’s true purpose is lost along the fast track to approval.”