Hot Jupiters: The OG Exoplanets

Author: Hayley Beltz.
Editors: Alison Claire Ludzki, Callie Corsa, and Sarah Kearns

Take a moment to remember that you and everyone you know live on a small blue orb hurling itself around a hot ball of hydrogen and helium that pays us no mind. Furthermore, we are only one of eight staggeringly diverse planets within our solar system that have been making this trip for billions of years. These planets range from hot rocks too small to even hold onto an atmosphere to cooler, massive gas giants where a day lasts less than 10 hours. Our solar system is only one of many (billions) and is only a small sample of the set of possible planet types and configurations. When astronomers started to look outside our solar system at nearby stars and the planets that orbit them–known as exoplanets–we began to understand just how strange other worlds can be.  Our solar system was unable to prepare us for what we saw first: Hot Jupiters. Continue reading “Hot Jupiters: The OG Exoplanets”

La separación de agua parte II: Las investigaciones en la Universidad de Michigan

Escrito en inglés por Jimmy Brancho, traducido al español por Jean Carlos Rodríguez-Díaz y editado por Isabel D. Colón-Bernal

Como dice el dicho: “No puedes almacenar energía solar sin romper unas cuantas moléculas de agua.”

O, por lo menos, es lo que muchos científicos tratan de lograr alrededor del mundo. Como se discutió en la primera parte, la separación de agua podría proveer energía sostenible en el futuro al almacenar la energía de los rayos del sol en una fuente de energía química como hidrógeno, la cual se pudiese usar cuando se necesite. Idealmente solo se necesitaría agua y luz solar produciendo como desecho oxígeno.  A pesar de este ideal, todavía falta mucho para que tengamos ese tipo de tecnología. Bart Bartlett, Charles McCrory y Neil Dasupta son algunos miembros de la facultad en la Universidad de Michigan que están trabajando para hacer realidad dispositivos que separen el agua. Cada uno trata de resolver el problema desde un ángulo distinto. Continue reading “La separación de agua parte II: Las investigaciones en la Universidad de Michigan”

Changing Scholarly Publication Practices: The Open Access Movement

By: Sarah Kearns. Edited by: Srihari Sundar & Whit Froehlich

Online presence and shareability of content are ever-more important in our modern and increasingly digital world, and science and medicine are no exceptions. With published papers still being the standard for disseminating research, journals and publishing companies continue to largely serve as the gatekeepers of scholarly content. Accessibility is a critical component, with journals either labeled as Open Access (OA) or paywalled, the latter implying that readers must pay before being able access the content. The motivation behind OA is that open is better than closed – having access to the complete version of a scholarly paper increases the transparency of research, contributing to a more reliable scientific system. Continue reading “Changing Scholarly Publication Practices: The Open Access Movement”