Engineered Mosquitoes

Source: The New Yorker ANNALS OF SCIENCE about genetically-modified mosquitoes and the dengue virus. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are among the deadliest creatures on earth. Before a vaccine was discovered in the nineteen-thirties, the mosquito transmitted the yellow-fever virus to millions of people with devastating efficiency. The mosquito also carries dengue, one of the most rapidly spreading viral diseases in the world. According to the World Health Organization, … Continue reading Engineered Mosquitoes

Google Science Fair

The Google Science Fair is an online science competition seeking curious minds from the four corners of the globe. Anybody and everybody between 13 and 18 can enter. All you need is an idea. YouTube channel   The last year’s winners gave a TED talk and the video can be watched below. The topics were the following:   Lauren Hodge in the 13-14 age group. Lauren … Continue reading Google Science Fair

Highlights of Calculus

Source: MIT OCW These five Highlights of Calculus videos provide an overview of the key topics and ideas of calculus and how they apply to real-life situations and problems. Prof. Strang’s free on-line textbook is available here. Big Picture of Calculus: Calculus is about change. One function tells how quickly another function is changing. Professor Strang shows how calculus applies to ordinary life situations, such as: driving a car, climbing a mountain, growing … Continue reading Highlights of Calculus