Birds of a Feather Magnetize Together: How Birds Use the Earth’s Magnetic Field to Find Their Way Home

Written by: Bethany Beekly

Editors: Christina Del Greco, Henry Ertl, Jennifer Baker, and Madeline Barron

I recently traveled to Seattle for the wedding of a high school friend. As I prepared for my first flight since the pandemic began—dreading the long lines, the awkward shoeless dance through security, and the inevitable 4.5 hour battle with the child kicking me in the back—my thoughts drifted to the remarkable flights made by hundreds of species of migratory birds and the relative ease with which they make them.

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Find Your Purpose in Carbon Removal

Written by: Kianna Marquez

Editors: Jennifer Baker, Sophie Hill, Rebecca Dzombak, Alyse Krausz, and Madeline Barron

As a young person, the level of action necessary to overcome the climate crisis feels insurmountable. The overwhelming challenge of mitigating the effects of accumulating greenhouse gases on atmospheric warming often paralyzes me—I have even doubted pursuing a career path in sustainability because I am unsure if our world is beyond the point of saving from environmental destruction and irreversible climate change. However, this past year, I turned this challenging prospect into an opportunity for hope. I found my purpose in contributing to climate action and to the outcome of our climate future, and in inspiring others to do the same. 

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Cuando veneno se convierte en tu medicamento para el dolor

Escrito en inglés por Attabey Rodríguez Benítez y editado por Patricia Garay, Alison Clair Ludzki y Noah Steinfeld. Traducido al español por Cristina E. María Ríos y editado por Attabey Rodríguez Benítez.

Imagina que no estás en el frígido Michigan sino nadando en las cálidas aguas del Mar Caribe. El agua tibia acaricia tu piel. Mientras te sumerges a lo largo de un arrecife colorido y rodeado por sinnúmero de peces, ves una anémona. Sabes que no puedes tocarla, pues podría picarte con sus toxinas. Pero, poco sabías que las anemonas no son las únicas capaces de picar. Los arrecifes albergan una criatura aún más hermosa y mortífera: el caracol cono. Aunque aparentan ser lindas e inofensivas, estas pequeñas criaturas pueden contener un cóctel de veneno de más de 100 toxinas. Sin embargo, si logran picarte, no sentirás ningún tipo de dolor. Este detalle en particular significó un cambio esencial en la carrera del Profesor Baldomero Olivera. El Dr. Olivera, un investigador en la Universidad de Utah, fue de estudiar síntesis de ADN a estudiar caracoles oriundos de las Filipinas.

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Microscopic Diversity: How and Why One Gene Creates Many Unique Proteins

Author: Jessica Cote

Editors: Zena Lapp, Christina Vallianatos, and Whit Froehlich

The Human Genome Project is one of the greatest scientific accomplishments in recent history— this international collaboration identified almost all of the ~20,500 genes in the human body, known collectively as the genome. Now that scientists know the details of these genes, they are better able to understand and treat human diseases associated with genetic factors. However, despite the immense effort put forth by over 30 research labs for 13 years (1990-2003), the information we gained from this project is limited. Genes serve as guidebooks for cells in the body to build proteins; genes themselves don’t perform the necessary cellular functions—proteins do. So, while scientists have now known the nitty-gritty of thousands of human genes for a while, the details of their protein products, known collectively as the proteome, are still quite puzzling.

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