Why Women Miscarry, and How Miscarriage Stigma Needs to End

I first heard about the stigma surrounding miscarriages in a post that Mark Zuckerberg made on Facebook, announcing his wife Pricilla’s pregnancy, and how they went through three previous miscarriages before they got to this point. He writes, “It’s a lonely experience. Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you — as if you’re defective or did something … Continue reading Why Women Miscarry, and How Miscarriage Stigma Needs to End

Modeling Moral Competence in Robots: Interview with Professor Scheutz (Part 2)

This is part two of a three-part series taken from an interview between Professor Matthias Scheutz, the director of the Tufts Human-Robot Interaction Lab, and Breakthrough’s Josh Lee. You can read Part One here. Q) Your lab is made up of many researchers that hold interdisciplinary degrees. What does this tell us about interdisciplinary collaborations of research that seem to be becoming a norm today? … Continue reading Modeling Moral Competence in Robots: Interview with Professor Scheutz (Part 2)

Modeling Moral Competence in Robots: Interview with Professor Scheutz (Part 1)

Professor Matthias Scheutz, the director of the Tufts Human-Robot Interaction Lab, is currently investigating the moral competence of computational architectures. Breakthrough had the opportunity to sit down with him and discuss his views of human morality, how morality applies to robots and artificial intelligences, and how these come together when humans and robots interact with one another. Part 2 and 3 of this interview will be released … Continue reading Modeling Moral Competence in Robots: Interview with Professor Scheutz (Part 1)

A Biased Survey of the Best Tufts Classes

Course selection is coming up soon, so I asked a few of my senior friends (hence the biased sampling) to identify their favorite STEM classes at Tufts. I got back a few answers. A majority were pretty major-specific… “My favorite STEM-related class was Physical Organic Chemistry (Chem 151) because it involved class participation and Thomas is really good at explaining difficult concepts. (Class is not … Continue reading A Biased Survey of the Best Tufts Classes

Group Highlight: Active Minds

  “My idea of our club’s success would be if saying ‘I’m going to Counseling Services’ is as normal as saying ‘I’m going to Health Services.’” Active Minds, a DC-based nonprofit, unites young adults under a common cause: raising awareness about and erasing the stigma surrounding mental illness. For the past few years, Active Minds at Tufts has joined the upwards of 400 campus chapters … Continue reading Group Highlight: Active Minds

The Wonderful World of Wet Lab

Biology research has been at the pinnacle of scientific inquiries since the beginning of time. We want to understand our bodies and the world around us. At Tufts and the surrounding Boston facilities, research is booming and we have access to the brightest and most curious minds, the most technologically advanced equipment, and a myriad of resources. Before you get into wet lab research, you … Continue reading The Wonderful World of Wet Lab

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