Your body has over 724 trillion cells and every minute 96 million of them die and regenerate.

When I first learned that, I was a little concerned.

If we have 96 million cells being regenerated through a 5 step process every single minute, there’s a definitely a chance that your genes could get mutated and generate more mutated cells very quickly.

The truth is- no one has perfect genes and everyone has genetic mutations. Majority of these genetic mutations are harmless.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are also many mutations that can be seriously lethal.

Glioblastomas — The World’s Deadliest Brain Tumour

CT Scan of Glioblastoma. Source: NFCR

Glioblastomas are…

Let me tell you something:

I seriously hate commuting.

Walking, biking, driving, etc - I don’t like it because it’s SO time consuming (not that I can drive yet, but still 🤠 ).

I’ve always wished that I could teleport myself so that I wouldn’t have to trudge all the way downstairs to grab a snack, or endure the long drives to school.

If we could teleport, this is what I’d be doing (at least 10x a day ;)

When I first thought of teleportation, I imagined this really wacky ‘sci-fi space-time continuum’ thing. But I then realized that teleportation does exist today.

Kind of.

Quantum Teleportation

There are three main kinds of teleportation:

  • Instant teleportation because of…

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When I first started looking into infertility, I didn’t really think it was a major global problem.

Some people couldn’t have kids. So what?

My initial thoughts couldn’t have been further from the truth.

I never realized how big of a problem infertility truly is, and I can’t even imagine how hard it must be for the 186 million individuals — that’s approximately one in every eight couples that are affected by it.

But more concerningly, the rate of infertility is increasing. The use of assisted reproductive technology increases by 5–10% annually. …

I don’t need to extensively list out the disastrous effects of climate change — Everyone already knows that we’re living on borrowed time, and we need to find a solution.

But unlike many people, I’m quite optimistic about our future. You know that kid that doesn’t do anything until the due date but still manages to work well under pressure and submit a good project?

That’s what I think will happen to humanity in regard to climate change.

I mean, we’ve always been pretty good at solving problems — especially when there’s a pressing deadline (Parkinson’s Law, anyone?)

We’re at…

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this question over the past little while.

Think about it. 50% of our global population is female, and yet only 7.6% (That’s 38) of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs.

And it’s not that women aren’t educated or qualified for these roles- The US (among many other countries), has more women with Bachelors degrees than men.

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It takes at least 10 years and about $2.6 billion to research and develop a new drug.

Even then, the probability of clinical success is less than 12%.

Over the past year, we’ve seen numerous companies and organizations scramble to develop an effective vaccine. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted how inefficient our current drug discovery process really is.

Identifying the most optimal drug is the longest and most time-consuming portion of the drug discovery process, simply because of the sheer number of molecular possibilities. An increasing number of electrons results in higher energy electron orbitals, creating a very complicated problem.


Imagine if you were building a house, and there were many features that you wanted to include, but you had to remain within a set budget? How would you determine the optimal combination of features that would maximize your satisfaction, without going over your budget?

Well, you could manually try out every single combination, but that could take thousands of years.

What if there was a way to look through all possible combinations and identify the best one, and that too, within your lifespan (unless we find a way to increase our lifespan to over 1000 years)?

Introducing quantum annealing.

Richa Pandya

Working to make the world a better place | 15-yo quantum computing enthusiast

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