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Stories by Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt

Will Salt Water Quench the World's Thirst?

Fresh water shortages are likely to plague two-thirds of the world's population in the next decade and processes like desalination are still very costly. Luckily, a new material called graphene may be able to help...

November 26, 2016 — Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt

Do Tattoos Boost Your Immune System?

A series of popular science articles have recently been touting the health benefits of tattoos, specifically their ability to boost your immune system. But is a little ink really the cure for the common cold? ...

November 2, 2016 — Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt

What Causes Wildfires?

The wildfire season started early this month in the northwestern U.S., and the huge blaze still burns in Fort McMurray, Alberta, after three weeks of fighting the flames. What causes wildfires on this scale, and how can we prevent them? ...

September 21, 2016 — Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt

5 Quick Facts about NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter

What is so risky about Juno’s special maneuver? How close will the spacecraft get to the gas giant, and what does it hope to learn? Here are five quick facts summarizing the excitement around the recent Juno mission to Jupiter...

July 13, 2016 — Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt

What Happens If You Fall into a Black Hole?

Black holes aren't the cosmic vacuum cleaners they are rumored to be, but could you still fall into one? What would happen to you? The answer to that question depends on whom you ask (thanks to quantum gravity)...

April 20, 2016 — Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt

What Causes Allergies?

The prevalence of allergies is on the rise, but why do some people suffer allergic reactions while others don't? If you were lucky enough to be an allergy-free kid, could you still develop allergies as an adult?...

March 24, 2016 — Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt

How Are Seasonal Flu Vaccines Made?

Each year, a new flu shot is developed to try to combat the strains of the virus expected to wreak havoc that season. But who decides which viruses make it into the vaccine? What new technologies are being used to produce that vaccine more efficiently?...

February 4, 2016 — Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt

Is Anxiety Genetic?

Why can some people more easily take life's challenges in stride while others feel stressed out? Do our genes predispose us to being anxious? Or do our environments and life experiences dictate how mellow we are?...

December 30, 2015 — Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt

How Do Chameleons Change Color?

Chameleons boast some of the brightest colors seen in nature. They can also go from a subdued green to bright red in a matter of minutes. So how do they do it?

September 20, 2015 — Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt

Einstein's Legacy: The Photoelectric Effect

Despite the popularity of Einstein's theories of relativity and his musings on black holes, Einstein's Nobel Prize in physics was actually awarded for his discovery of the photoelectric effect...

August 22, 2015 — Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt
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Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Solving the Water Crisis