Tuesday’s Quick Blurbs

Bose-Einstein Condensate Achieved!

For five years Professor Seth Aubin and two graduate students, Austin and Megan, have been working towards a set-up capable of attaining the Bose-Einstein Condesate. As of September 2012, this five-year processes has finally “brought them to the starting line”. So, what is Bose-Einstein Condensation, why did it take so long to attain, and where will the lab go from here? Find out later today as this is this week’s featured blog post!

The CoS Garden and Organic Food

Lately there’s been some debate over what, precisely, the impact of organic food is on the environment as well as the health of those who consume it. As W&M’s Committee on Sustainability funded an eco garden over the summer (and throughout the school year), what do they think of these recent doubts regarding organic food?

Speaking of organic food…

Of Research and the Public Opinion: Who Has the Last Say?

In light of the Standford study regarding organic food, which did not find any evidence that organic food was significantly better in terms of nutrition or growing risk, multiple petitions have been started by civilians calling for the retraction of the study, claiming it is ‘fatally flawed’  and citing one of the author’s links to tobacco companies as a reason why it shouldn’t be trusted. Are these types of petitions harmful considering they lack any scientific basis and are, in essence, attacking a scientific study because they don’t agree with what it has to say, or do they provide a valuable fact-checking source that seeks to address researcher bias and ensure important things are not overlooked?

Scientific Literacy in America: Not as Bad as the Media Wants You to Think

It’s a commonly heard thing nowadays: America is falling behind foreign nations in terms of math and science education, and the average American knows and cares less about science than they do, too. Is there truth in this, or is it an exaggeration taken and run with by the media? How do Americans express interest and knowledge in the sciences compared to other countries?

 

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