The Scully Effect

X-Files is the most famous sci-fi television series, created by Cris Carter. The two main characters are dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and special agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny).  I have always been passionate about science and I loved X-Files when I was a kid, but my mother didn’t want me to watch it. My […]

Forgotten Women in STEM: Ann Katharine Mitchell

After my article on the “Matilda effect” (click here to read it), I decided to write stories of forgotten women in STEM. Last week I wrote about dr. Cecilia Payne, an astrophysicist who suggested for the first time that the stars are primarily composed by hydrogen and helium (click here to read it). The second episode is […]

Jet lag and melatonin

What is melatonin? Melatonin is a hormone released by the pineal gland at night, which regulates the sleep-wake cycle. The maximum concentration of melatonin in blood can be measured between 2 and 4 am. What is jet lag? Jet lag is a physiological condition due to alterations of the body’s sleep-wake cycle. Usually people suffer […]

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