By the time kids graduate from high school in the U.S., only 37% are proficient in basic math skills.

Quick caveat here: this statistic is based off of NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) scores which, like all standardized tests, is not a particularly accurate measure of a person’s “intelligence”…


Perspective shifting is a skill we all have to develop because as a child, we are mentally incapable of differentiating between private knowledge (what we know) and public knowledge (what others know).

In an experiment demonstrating this, a young child is placed in a room and shown the hiding place…


One of the most impressive parts of Frozen was the realistic portrayal of snow.

Watch the video to see the different snow simulations :)

If you think about it, that’s actually something really hard to produce accurately. We’ve all had experience with snow so when we see graphics that have…


The Finite Element Method is a commonly used tool in engineering used to understand natural processes. It’s kind of like if you had to count a pile of marbles. You wouldn’t be able to just stare at the pile and figure out how many marbles there were. …


How many “sections” are there in the following image?

I’m guessing you probably said 3 — orange, walkway, blue.

Now try to describe the middle section.

There is a walkway with two people, a man and a woman, and they are holding an umbrella. The leaves above are brownish.

That…


Most medical devices are made of metals, plastics, and other synthetic elements.

What’s the issue with that?

Well, your body is made of organic biomaterials.

So that means that inorganic medical devices automatically will be incompatible with your biological systems. What if we could do medicine using biomaterials?

We’ve survived…


Proteins cary out all of the physiological processes in the human body yet we only know the structure of 20% of them. That means we have a very minimal understanding of the biological complexities that make life possible.

Further, if something goes wrong and a person gets a chronic disease…


At Macula X, we love working on the hardest problems, diving deep into the research, brainstorming solutions, and making our vision a reality. That’s what we’re doing in the field of protein structure determination.

There are over 20,000 proteins in the human proteome, proteins that carry out all of our…


I recently got the chance to attend World Summit AI Americas … which means that as a mere high schooler, I was able to spend two days sitting in the basement listening to some of the leading experts on AI talk about their work and got the chance to talk…


This is a continuation of Computational Materials Science Part 2 — Multipoint Statistics, so I would highly recommend reading that first. That covered computing and visualized multipoint statistics which told us how parts of a structure were related.

Now comes the really important part, how we can actually use all…

Kiran Mak

At 17 years old, I love learning and am interested in materials science, education, and environmental sustainability.

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