Understanding the “Matthew Effect”

By Meenu Johnkutty ‘21 The most decorated and well-known scientists of our time may share an underlying characteristic: early career success. For those striving for prestige and world renown, achieving success early in one’s career may breed an environment conducive to further success. Thus, scientists who boast the same academic credentials, work ethic, and drive…

The State of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

By Meenu Johnkutty ‘21 Almost two trillion pieces of plastic are currently floating in the Pacific Ocean. Nestled between Hawaii and California, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is unrivaled in size — three times the size of continental France, to be exact. New findings published by the Ocean Cleanup Foundation reveal the latest updates on…

Social Jet Lag Tied to Poor Academic Performance

By Meenu Johnkutty ‘21 Placing a night owl in an 8 A.M. lecture may explain tiredness and result in a lack of attentiveness during class, but can it justify poor grades? The University of California-Berkeley recently published research that provides compelling evidence pointing to the consequences of scheduling classes out of sync with biological rhythms.…

Money Can Buy Some Happiness

By Meenu Johnkutty ‘21 We’ve all heard the adage: money can’t buy happiness. This statement, however, may be only partly true: a recent study suggests that there is a level of monetary compensation that ensures emotional wellbeing and an even higher level that allows for satisfaction in life. This study was led by Andrew T.…