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 the blooming of the sunflowers. I love sunflowers for many reasons, but I think one of their most striking features is their symmetry. The yellow petals radiate evenly …


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.”


The Internal Asymmetry of the Human Body

“Understanding the internal order of the human body can help explain the determinants of organ-related structural diseases, which in turn can lead to better healthcare and, potentially, more effective treatment.”


Matter Outdoes AntiMatter

“…researchers have provided a mechanism to help explain how the initial symmetry between matter and antimatter particles in the early universe was replaced by the asymmetry we observe today.”


Can We Redirect the Arrow of Time?

“Very few have figured out how to undo the effects of reactions that have progressed to a low entropy state. One exception is a team of researchers from the University of California, Irvine, the University of Western Australia and Flinders University, who have found a way to flip the direction of time’s arrow: they have unboiled an egg.”