Social Media Addiction: An Epidemic

When you think about the word addiction, you might think of drugs, narcotics, alcohol, or even opioids. But what about overuse of social media? Would words such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat come to mind? Probably not. Historically, the overuse of social media was not considered an addiction; however, in just the last decade, the pattern of use and effects of social media have become … Continue reading Social Media Addiction: An Epidemic

A Virtual Lab for a Greener World: The Fletcher School’s Climate Policy Lab

At the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, one of the most unique and innovative labs does not come with benches and specimens. Rather, this virtual lab for “international comparative policy analysis” draws upon worldwide climate policy research to offer advice to lawmakers and to help develop sustainable and environmentally-friendly policy.  The Climate Policy Lab, a ground-breaking research and policy center, is currently conducting research … Continue reading A Virtual Lab for a Greener World: The Fletcher School’s Climate Policy Lab

Homologous Recombination and Alternative End-Joining: The Zero-Sum Game Between Speed and Accuracy in DNA Repair

Controversies broke out last November over the Chinese researcher He Jiankui’s self-proclaimed creation of genetically engineered babies, recalling thedystopian prophecy of Gattaca (1997). Genetics has been a popular guest of both media front covers and sci-fi star for decades. But what is genetics research really like inside the laboratories? What is its potential, and where is it heading? Dr. Mitch McVey, a professor at the … Continue reading Homologous Recombination and Alternative End-Joining: The Zero-Sum Game Between Speed and Accuracy in DNA Repair

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!