Science & Technology

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Mineral Spotlight: Calcite

Calcite is a common but spectacular mineral. Its formula is CaCO3, and it is a trigonal-rhombohedral mineral. This cryst...

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IBM: neural microchip technology

In the years since engineers first began making circuits using transistors (three-terminal devices made of a semi-conduc...

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The emerging science of biological antifreeze

As November approaches, antifreeze is making its way onto shopping lists across the Northern Hemisphere, but the substan...

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Understanding the Ebola Virus

Ebola was first recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976. Though the outbreaks are generally small, the ...

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Observatory Corner 10/25/2014

Hello everyone, and welcome back for another exciting edition of Observatory Corner for Friday, October 24! Weather fore...

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Artificial sweeteners–effect on the human gut bacteria

Before you pop the tab off that next diet soda and enjoy its bubbly, sweet sensation, you may want to rethink its effect...

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Mineral Spotlight: Pyrite

Pyrite has been known as “fool’s gold” for quite a while now. It is an iron sulfide (FeS2) and has a brassy appear...

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Nanoscopy pioneers win Nobel Prize

Three scientists have won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in honor of their contributions to the the development of micros...

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Science division hosts annual poster fair

Posters are springing up in the DeVries Hall lobby today for Calvin College’s annual summer research poster fair. Eigh...

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Observatory Corner 10/10/2014

The leaves are falling, the air is getting colder and the sky is getting darker earlier and earlier. Calvin’s observat...