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Careers in Science Issue 11

Careers in Science: Academia

Co-author: Ivana Osredek

Hello, everyone! We are proud to present our new category – Careers in Science! As a natural sequel to our series of posts on studying abroad, where we compared the application processes for various countries and universities around the world, now we want to show you what the process of studying itself looks like and what path(s) you can take after completing your studies! In this issue, we will talk about different job opportunities in academia.

Academia is a widely used term for research and professorship. Unfortunately, it is not uniformly structured globally, since different countries have different names, qualifications and conditions for various positions. However, they are becoming standardized all over the world, which will enable researchers to study and improve their knowledge and skills wherever they want.

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Issue 11 Science (of) Fiction

Star Wars and the Fo(u)rce

When you hear the name Star Wars, (possibly) the most popular saga in history, one of the first things that may come to mind is The Force. For those, however, who are guilty of not having seen the saga, The Force is an energy field created by all life that connects everything in the universe. Cool, right? What if I told you that there is actually a theory for our universe which states that all the known forces can be explained away with only four fundamental ones? The Standard Model is going to surprise you!

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Issue 10 Science Shoutout

Why do we think that the world is bleak, when in fact it’s consistently getting better?

When you think about the world we live in, you most likely feel like it’s getting worse by the day – there is an increasing number of terrorist attacks, education is absent in many parts of the world, many people don’t have access to healthcare or live in extreme poverty, to mention just a few. You may, therefore, be surprised to hear that all the major indicators actually show that the world has been getting consistently better in virtually all aspects for the last few decades! The question, therefore, arises as to why so many of us share such a distorted, negative perception of the world, and what we can do to align it with reality?

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Issue 10 News

S3(++) 2021

Co-author: Mario Zelić

Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today to join together the Summer School of Science and the Internet in matrimony. Due to current circumstances, which make it impossible to organize S3 in Požega like we used to, this year we are in dire need of evolution and adaptation. The School is coming back, but in a different format. In this post, we bring you a detailed description of how we envisioned this year’s Summer School (and what you need to do if you’d like to join).

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Issue 10 Understanding Science

Why it’s sometimes okay to use 3 instead of π

Now, now. Lay down the pitchforks. The title of this post might seem all the more blasphemous to some of you due to its date of publication, but it allows us to introduce a very important topic – the power of approximation, and when it should and should not be employed.

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Academic Life Issue 9 PI Presenting Alumni

Fran Supek: “I always try to cook up new ideas, otherwise it gets boring!”

Today, it is my pleasure to present an interview with a long-standing alumnus – Fran Supek. Fran was part of S3 for several years, as a project leader and as organizer of the School, and is now an aspiring group leader researching genome biology in Barcelona. So, let’s get to know our S3 PI!

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Issue 9 Understanding Science

What’s a number?

Three is a number, right? So are pi, the square root of two or i. But mathematics is all about abstraction, so how do we abstract the concept of a number? How do we properly define numbers?

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Issue 9 Science Shoutout

The fall of the giants

People often ask, “What is the single most important environmental/population problem facing the world today?” A flip answer would be, “The single most important problem is our misguided focus on identifying the single most important problem!”

Jared Diamond
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Issue 9 Study Abroad

International college admissions – an overview

In this post, we’ll go through all the posts in the Study Abroad section so far, looking at the admissions for Canada, France, Belgium, the UK, the US, and Germany. We’ll compare the various systems, deadlines, and requirements.

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Issue 8 Understanding Science

How do we learn and how do we remember?

Learning is the process of acquiring new knowledge, skills, and behaviour. It follows us throughout our lives and enables us to adapt to various new situations.

Memory is the ability of storing the knowledge, skills, and behaviour acquired through learning in our brains. We can differentiate between explicit and implicit memory, as well as sensoric, short-term, and long-term memory. These types of memory are frequently misunderstood, so I will try to explain them as easily as possible.