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Posts By David Levin

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Opening Doors
3 months ago

Opening Doors

To say Gilda Barabino ’86 wears a lot of hats is a gross understatement — she’s more like a one-woman haberdashery. After earning her Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Rice, …
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We Don’t Know … What Mars May Reveal About Earth’s Beginnings
5 months ago

We Don’t Know … What Mars May Reveal About Earth’s Beginnings

There are tons of nagging questions I’m hoping we can answer with our work: What was its climate like when Mars had water on its surface? Why was that water …
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We Don’t Know: How to Break Down “Forever Chemicals”
11 months ago

We Don’t Know: How to Break Down “Forever Chemicals”

I’m a chemical engineer and chemist by training, and I use those skills to find new ways to clean contaminated water. You can physically remove some pollutants with filters or …
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We Don’t Know: How Amyloid Beta Plaques Affect the Brain
1 year ago

We Don’t Know: How Amyloid Beta Plaques Affect the Brain

A lot of my work involves studying a biomolecule called the amyloid beta protein, which is one of a variety of things in the brain that we think lead to …
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We Don’t Know: The Health Effects of Legalizing Marijuana
2 years ago

We Don’t Know: The Health Effects of Legalizing Marijuana

As more states legalize marijuana consumption and sales, it creates a major challenge for public health researchers. We don’t know what the full effects of legalization will be or the …
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We Don’t Know: How to Add the Sense of Touch to Prosthetic Devices
2 years ago

We Don’t Know: How to Add the Sense of Touch to Prosthetic Devices

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer

There are lots of sophisticated prosthetic devices on the market for people who have lost limbs, but no matter how well they replicate the intricate …
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We Don’t Know: How to Predict Earthquakes
2 years ago

We Don’t Know: How to Predict Earthquakes

As a geologist, I study the mechanics of earthquakes. Right now, we have a good sense of how quakes happen — we know how the continental plates are moving in …
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We Don’t Know … What the Universe is Made of
2 years ago

We Don’t Know … What the Universe is Made of

What’s the universe made of? That’s the overarching question to everything I do. We know from astrophysical observations that it’s mostly made up of dark matter and dark energy, but …
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We Don’t Know: How Heart Valve Disease Starts
3 years ago

We Don’t Know: How Heart Valve Disease Starts

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer

One of the big problems in my field is that the early stages of heart valve disease are a mystery. Even people who have regular …
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Is There Life Beyond Earth?
3 years ago

Is There Life Beyond Earth?

Is there life anywhere else other than Earth, either now or in the past? When I was a graduate student some 20–30 years ago, that was really just a …
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