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THE SCIENCE OF PRODUCTIVITY
As midterms are approaching, I think it is safe to say that we have already started worrying about following a study plan for reading week, and how to get the most out of our break. I learned in a recent study conducted by Microsoft that out of the standard 45-hour work week, most people will be unproductive for 17 hours! Fortunately, I am here to provide you with exceptional tips that will help you survive “cramming season”.
CO-OP AT UTSC
The Scarborough campus of U of T is unique in a few noticeable ways. Close to us we have the Valley, which offers an excellent learning environment for science students at UTSC to get hands on experience in field work. We are also a smaller campus, offering opportunities that are arguably harder to come by at U of T’s other larger campuses.
THE FIGHT AGAINST SUPERBUGS
Many individuals develop phobias toward insects, whether it be the black widow spiders found in UTSC labs, or the pesky bugs lurking within cottages. But perhaps the most fearsome type of bugs are found at the microscopic level, the kind that are resilient against human interference– Superbugs. These dangerous forms of bacteria are resistant to available antibiotics, such as penicillin. Superbugs are widely studied, as they pose a serious threat to global health. But how can bacteria develop this resistance, and how do we minimize the odds of this happening within our body?
THE SCIENCE OF CANDY
Have you ever wondered how candy is made? How about how it’s able to stay fresh well past Halloween? While candies come in all shapes and textures: chewy like fudge, fluffy like cotton candy, hard like a lollipop and crunchy like rock candy, the method to making these different types of candies follow a similar chemical process (The Sweet Science of Candy making, 2014-2015).
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