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The concept of conductors and insulators is a simple one: the capability of a material to let electricity flow comes from the manner in which electrons within their atoms are set. According to these configurations, all materials out there are either insulators or conductors of electricity. However, the category of superconductors is what has left the scientists puzzled- mostly difficult to model these uniformly in...

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Lyme borreliosis or Lyme disease is an infectious disease that is caused by Borrelia bacterium. This disease is spread by ticks and hence, people living near grassy and heavily wooded areas are most likely to get affected. Common symptoms include expanding area of redness on the skin, which appears at the site of the bite, about 1-2 weeks after it occurs. While Lyme disease is completely...

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In the 21st century, with the world in the midst of an environmental crisis, resources are becoming scarcer than ever before. Organisations like the United Nations are coming out with reports, almost annually, detailing how the clock is ticking and what we have done to the planet is irreversible. As with any crisis this serious, people have sought to understand the reasons behind the same....

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Roberta Sinatra, along with her group of colleagues, had researched the predictability of discoveries. Sinatra, visiting research assistant professor at Northeastern University and assistant professor at Central European University in Budapest, upon research, said that many paths carry an individual towards making a discovery. Some discoveries are made out of the blue, like  in the case of gravity. Sir Isaac Newton was struck with the...

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The term ‘psychedelic’ is derived from the Greek wordspsyche, "soul, mind" and delein, "to manifest", hence "soul-manifesting", the inference being that psychedelics can access the soul and develop unused potentials of the human mind. Scientifically speaking, the primary action of a psychedelic is via serotonin receptor agonism, leading to an altered state of consciousness. Although these drugs are mostly associated with recreation, parallelism can be...

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The world came to a standstill when dark clouds of smoke smothered the skies of Brazil for days on end. It made us understand environmental significances and concepts which shook us up to fully understand how deep underwater we are when it comes to the degradation of our surroundings. But what is  the causation and impact of this fire?   The Amazon has been prone to burning...

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business and sustainability

“Sustainability is one of the most compelling and urgent issues that we have facing us today,” Diane MacGillivray, Senior Vice President for University Advancement, at Northeastern University said in her welcome remarks in a “Women Who Inspire” conference held at the same.   While sustainability is vital for our survival on this planet, it can also be integrated in the business models to make a brand name....

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The summer of 2019 brought Chennai, one of India’s largest metropolitan cities and the state capital of Tamil Nadu, to a halt. There was no natural calamity, no disastrous flood, nor an earthquake or a cyclone. The people had simply reaped what they had sowed; Chennai had run out of groundwater. The acute shortages meant that people were queuing up in the streets in the...

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Climate change effects

Political lobbyists, the fossil fuel industry, media moguls, and some individuals have spent more than the last 30 years sowing doubts about the reality of climate change; as it just doesn’t exist. It has been estimated that the world’s largest five publicly-owned gas and oil companies have been spending about $200 million a year for lobbying to delay control and block climate protection policies.   Lately, their...

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