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Welcome!


Catalyst is a peer-edited science research journal that showcases student perspectives on popular science topics and undergraduate research. We’re committed to fostering interdisciplinary interest in scientific writing and dialogue at Rice. 

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Welcome!


Catalyst is a peer-edited science research journal that showcases student perspectives on popular science topics and undergraduate research. We’re committed to fostering interdisciplinary interest in scientific writing and dialogue at Rice. 

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LATEST NEWS


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LATEST NEWS


 
 

CATALYST PARTNERSHIPS

PWC & CCL AT RICE UNIVERSITY

Rice Catalyst is excited to announce our new partnership with the Rice University Program in Writing and Communication (PWC) and our renewed partnership with the Center for Civic Leadership (CCL). The Catalyst publication and club events hosted throughout the year, including TEDxRiceU, would not be possible without the continued support of these organizations. 

NEW WEBSITE

WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEBSITE!

The new Catalyst Website aims to showcase our latest articles and publications with a revamped design!

FALL 2015 DISCOVERIES

NEW BLOG POSTS EVERY MWF!

Discoveries will release a new blog every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as part of the newly launched Fall 2015 Blog Series! Check out our new bloggers in the "Meet the Bloggers" tab, and be sure to read their articles!

CATALYST VOL 8 RELEASED

HAPPY LAUNCH DAY!

We'll be releasing our newest volume 8 at the Grand Hall Lobby of the RMC from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Drop by to grab a free copy, and take a picture with the journal to enter our photo contest. We'll see you in a few hours!

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DISCOVERIES


SELECTED ARTICLES FROM OUR ONLINE BLOG

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DISCOVERIES


SELECTED ARTICLES FROM OUR ONLINE BLOG

#$@*&%#$@: THE SCIENCE OF SWEARING

I’ll be the first to admit that I like to swear… a lot. Whether it’s looking at pumpkin grades, forgetting something in my dorm, or addressing my friends, there are many causes for my f-bombs and other expletives. But why exactly are we as humans inclined to swear?...

EATING AFTER 8 MAKES YOU GAIN WEIGHT...OR DOES IT?!

I couldn’t even count the number of Whataburger HBCBs I’ve consumed these past couple of months (thanks, midterms!).  Even worse is the percentage of the times I’ve eaten them past 8 p.m.  Weight loss articles forbid us to eat late at night, but scientific studies tell us that it is perfectly okay to do so.  What gives?...

MEDITATIONS ON MEDITATION: IT PAYS TO BE MINDFUL

You should meditate, and you’ve probably heard this before. Odds are, though, that you probably don’t know too much about meditation. I asked my roommate, Ben, what he thought about it. His response:

“I don’t know, it’s sitting, collecting your thoughts, and it’s just good for destressing, I guess.”

Science tells us more...

CANCER-CURING FLATULENCE: A medical breakthrough? 

Farts curing cancer? Ridiculous as it may sound, this seemingly unbelievable assertion is actually based on cutting-edge research literature. A scientific study published just last year in the journalMedicinal Chemistry Communications outlines how small amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S) in our cells can decrease their likelihood of becoming damaged...

But first, let me take a selfie: THe science behind the social trend

Selfies are arguably the largest photographic trend of our generation. “Selfie,” defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself,” was Oxford Dictionaries’ 2013 Word of the Year. Since then, selfies have exploded in popularity, with everyone from the Pope to Kim Kardashian taking them. Searches for the term have increased more than 2000%, and more than 55 million Instagram posts are labeled with “#selfie.”...

 

Digital crack: understanding the smartphone addiction

You can see it in the hands of every college student. It is right next to you while you sleep. Its presence is more prevalent on our college campus than squirrels.

Cell phones, especially smartphones, play a vital role in our modern lives. With applications like Quizlet, Coursera, they can serve as educational aids. There are, however, many distractions that affect the lives of college students...