Figure 1. Online dating apps, such as Tinder, are becoming increasingly popular and scientists have recently set out to determine the motivation behind using the apps.

Motivations to Use Tinder

By Megan Y. Tan ’19 With at least 10 million active users a day, Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps. It is easy to set up, by connecting it to Facebook, and easy to use, by just swiping left when presented with an undesirable profile, and swiping right when presented with a desirable profile. Although it is such a popular app, not … Continue reading Motivations to Use Tinder

Figure 1. The Great Barrier Reef is discolored due to severe coral bleaching caused by global warming.

An End to Global Warming Could End Mass Coral Bleaching

By Megan Y. Tan ’19 The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral system stretching over an area of more than 300,000 square kilometers off the coasts of Australia. Though the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park protects a large part of the reef from fishing and tourism, it is still not safe from environmental factors such as global warming. In fact, climate change has … Continue reading An End to Global Warming Could End Mass Coral Bleaching

Figure 1. Ancient Egyptian women were considered equal to Ancient Egyptian men.

History Can Affect Gender Roles

By Megan Y. Tan ’19 Gender role inequality, which has several severe disadvantages and discriminations in a variety of countries, is a highlighted and debated societal issue. For instance, in western societies, women’s salary is 20% lower than males who work in the same field. Social attitudes, economic pressure, and conservative structural forces to maintain the status quo are a couple of reasons for the … Continue reading History Can Affect Gender Roles

Figure 1. Consumers view all-natural products more positively despite no formal definition existing for the term.

The “All-Natural” Marketing Label and its Effect on Consumers

By Megan Tan ’19 The “All-Natural” label is extensively used to market consumer products. However, this label is not regulated or defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since it is deemed a marketing label to influence consumers’ purchases. As such, little research has been done to analyze the effect that that label has on consumers’ perceptions of “all natural” food quality, nutritional content, … Continue reading The “All-Natural” Marketing Label and its Effect on Consumers

Gender Role Congruence and Attractiveness in Online Dating

By Megan Tan ’19 Online dating platforms are becoming more commonly used to meet and start a romantic relationship. A previous study has indicated that more than one-third of marriages in America began online. However, little research has been done on the effect of gender roles and attractiveness in the online dating scenario. Kelsey C. Chappeta and Dr. Joan M. Barth from the Institute for … Continue reading Gender Role Congruence and Attractiveness in Online Dating

Figure 1. Warming in places like Mount Kenya is steeper than current climate models predict.

High-Elevation Warming is Steeper than Previously Expected

By Megan Tan ’19 The Earth is warming at about two degrees annually at sea level. Though it is estimated that high-elevation warming occurs more steeply, it is difficult to measure due to environmental factors such as radiation and humidity which have made it challenging to accurately quantify past temperature changes. Shannon E. Loomis, a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary … Continue reading High-Elevation Warming is Steeper than Previously Expected

Figure 1. Children from the age of six already think that men are smarter than women

Are Men Smarter than Women?

By Megan Tan ‘19 Gender stereotypes commonly associate intellectual brilliance with men. These stereotypes explain the gender imbalances in fields typically associated with brilliance, like physics and mathematics. Lin Bian, a graduate student from the University of Illinois, set out to find the origin of this stereotype. It was found that by the age of six, girls are less likely to associate their gender with … Continue reading Are Men Smarter than Women?

Figure 1. VO2, vanadium dioxide, is a metal that can conduct electricity without conducting heat.

Vanadium Dioxide Conducts Electricity, But Not Heat

By Megan Tan ‘19 Thermal and electrical conductivity need to be proportional in electrical conductive solids. Although several metals can conduct electricity better than they can conduct heat, this phenomenon has only been known to occur at extreme temperatures. However, a recent study led by Professor Junqiao Wu from the University of California, Berkeley and his team of researchers has found that metallic vanadium dioxide … Continue reading Vanadium Dioxide Conducts Electricity, But Not Heat

Psychopaths May Have Lower than Average Intelligence

by Megan Tan ’19 It is questionable whether psychopaths have a higher or lower IQ than the average human. Previous researchers have investigated the relationship between psychopathy and IQ because there are links to antisocial behavior, violence, and criminal involvement. However, the results have been inconsistent: some studies have demonstrated a negative relationship between the two, whereas others have demonstrated a positive one. To clarify … Continue reading Psychopaths May Have Lower than Average Intelligence

Infectious Disease Information and Emotional Responses

by Megan Tan   Infectious disease outbreaks cause individuals to react differently in response to this kind of emotional news. Professor Scott Clifford and Professor Jennifer Jerit, from the Department of Political Science at the University of Houston and Loyola University respectively, research two of these reactions to infectious disease outbreaks: disgust and anxiety. In the first study, a questionnaire was distributed to three sample … Continue reading Infectious Disease Information and Emotional Responses