I don’t remember a world where I was told I couldn’t do something because I was a girl, and I consider myself very lucky for it.

If you are under the age of 25, you’ve likely heard of TikTok.

If by some chance you haven’t heard of TikTok (formerly known as musical.ly), it’s an app that allows users to share short videos of themselves dancing, lip-syncing, performing comedy sketches, and other talent-related content with other users. Being compared to other popular apps like Vine, TikTok now has more than 1.5 billion downloads and 800 million monthly users since its launch in late 2016.

My Mom loves chick flicks. I always joke that everyone knows when my Mom is home because you will always hear the background noise of a cheesy Hallmark movie playing, or God forbid, Christmas in July.

This is going on my ongoing list of the strangest things on cable TV.

An infamous line in these movies is, “I didn’t know I needed you until you were gone,” or something else along those lines. It’s unbearably cheesy, but it’s something that everyone can relate to.

So, when I heard a character in the movie my Mom was watching say that line (for anyone who his interested, his name was Baxter and he’s a country singer…

Okay, let’s be real here. Biofuels aren’t exactly the saviour we all thought it was going to be. It has limitations, and at this point in time, it’s way cheaper to continue to use traditional forms of energy (ie., fossil fuels) than it is to use biofuels.

A large-scale algae farm (Source: Symbiosis In Development)

But humour me for a few moments, if you will. Let’s imagine what the world would look like if we were to use biofuels as our primary source of energy instead of fossil fuels.

First, we would need a source of biomass to turn into biofuels. Enter stage right: algae! …

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As a high school girl who wants to go into STEM, it can be a little daunting.

Photo by Chris Ried on Unsplash

I’m really passionate about gene editing and global sustainability, especially climate change. I’m currently doing research on where my two passions intersect; how I can solve the core issues that cause climate change using gene editing techniques like CRISPR.

Sure, more women are going into STEM than ever before, but there is still very much a culture of women being pushed aside by a male-dominated field.

And this problem existed long before…

One of the leading causes of death for children under the age of five is diarrheal related diseases. In 2017 alone, 1.6 million people died because of diarrheal disease.

Cultured E. coli (Source: GOV.UK)

One main cause of diarrheal diseases include bacterial infection, specifically E. coli. E. coli is actually vital to our digestive system, but when it contaminates our water, it can be deadly. E. coli infections are actually quite avoidable — that is, if you know that your water source is contaminated.

The Problem with E. coli detection

E. coli is normally detected using two methods: in a lab or with an at-home kit. …

If you’ve been paying attention to anything business-related these days, you’ve likely heard of Shopify.

This photo may be staged but I PROMISE our enthusiasm was not.

If you haven’t, think of it this way: if selling things on Amazon is like selling things at Walmart, then selling things with Shopify is like creating your own store.

Last week, I got the insane oppurtunity to tour Shopify’s headquarters with my friends from The Knowledge Society. I walked into the building thinking we were just going to look around and explore each floor, but I learned about the secrets to Shopify’s success and things I can implement in my life.

Shopify’s main goals…

If you’re writing an essay and you’ve been accidentally spelling someone’s name wrong the entire time, you aren’t going to sit there and find every instance of that person’s name to correct it. You’re going to open the ‘Find and Replace’ shortcut, type in what you are looking for and what you want to replace it with. Once you hit ‘Enter,’ mistake would instantly be corrected and now, you won’t look like an idiot.

Now, imagine if you could do that with your DNA.

The new prime editing technique allows for a true search-and-replace ability when editing genetic code. My nerd level when it comes to gene editing: 1000000. (Photo from ABC).

In the world of molecular biology, the discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 as a gene editing method was…

Two weeks into the school year, I found myself stuck in a cycle. I would wake up, go to school, go home, lie in bed for ­hours on Instagram, scrolling through my Explore feed watching mind-numbing videos or looking at memes (I know, it’s embarrassing), then panicking when I realize it’s been two hours and I haven’t started my homework.

Photo by Jakob Owens.

I obviously wasn’t proud of this.

This trap of wasting hours on social media and neglecting actual important things was going to come back and bite me in the future. After some thought, I determined the following:

1. I didn’t…

When I say terraforming, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Aliens that send giant machines to Earth to transform Earth’s topography to make it habitable and ideal for alien species?

Kryptonian terraforming-spacecraft from Man of Steel (2013).

Minus the entire plot of Man of Steel (shout out to you, Henry Cavill), that is essentially what terraforming is.

If we were to break down the word, terraforming literally means “Earth-shaping.” It involves changing the surface topography, atmosphere, temperature, and ecology to make it similar to Earth. …

Eliza Aguhar

i’m a 16-year-old writer trying to make next-gen knowledge accessible & digestible to the 99%

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