Facing the Music: How Systems Like Spotify Know What We’ll Like

Have you ever wondered who is behind music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, and how they are able to predict what kind of songs you will like? That’s exactly what Professor Nick Seaver, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, is interested in. As an anthropologist, Professor Seaver chooses to study the individual people who create and maintain the systems rather than the … Continue reading Facing the Music: How Systems Like Spotify Know What We’ll Like

The Allen Discovery Center: An Interdisciplinary, Novel Approach to Research

What if we could stop cancer without chemotherapy? What if we could have a robot that moves around the bloodstream and scrapes plaque off artery walls, or a machine that learns to regenerate itself when damaged, just as an organism might? These may seem like far off concepts, but are just a few examples of probing questions addressed in the Allen Discovery Center. Dr. Levin, … Continue reading The Allen Discovery Center: An Interdisciplinary, Novel Approach to Research

Call for a Mutual Understanding of Scientific Research

Research carries unprecedented validity and authority in today’s rapidly advancing society, where we are constantly looking for the next big breakthrough or some knowledge that is completely counterintuitive to our intuitions. Each week, we hear about how there is a new treatment for a previously incurable disease or how we are at the brink of deciphering the mysteries of the brain. With a growing discrepancy … Continue reading Call for a Mutual Understanding of Scientific Research

An Open Letter to Tufts Scientists

Believe it or not, we just can’t do it all. Over the last few years working with Breakthrough, we have observed that science communication is falling by the wayside to our scholastic responsibilities. It appears that each year we receive fewer and fewer submissions for this same reason. This semester, even getting a complete magazine together has been an incredible struggle. We understand and sympathize with our … Continue reading An Open Letter to Tufts Scientists

Communicating Science to the Common (Wo)man

I’ve just finished the process of applying to grad school, which required defining my research interests and identifying the professor(s) in each department who I would be interested in working with. That identification, of course, required reading a number of their paper/conference abstracts and at least a few of their papers fully to really express why my interests aligned with theirs. While most of these … Continue reading Communicating Science to the Common (Wo)man

Welcome back to the blog!

As anyone who participates in research knows, it is very very easy to start with a brilliant idea and end up with a blank page. While the blog over the past two years hasn’t quite been blank, it also hasn’t exactly amounted to a complete project. And, as anyone who participates in research knows, it is very very easy to say “I can do that!” without really thinking … Continue reading Welcome back to the blog!