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Growing up in Anaheim, California, Kayla Nguyen’s passion for physics stemmed from an enduring love for surfing and the technical aspects of skateboarding. “While working at a skate shop during my high school years, I would often disassemble and modify skateboards. I eventually developed a knack for tweaking all kinds of machines around me, trying to understand and improve them. I like to think that my love for science and invention today is a consequence of the hours I spent plugging away at skateboards in Anaheim.”
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a layer of specialized endothelial cells around the brain that protects it—letting in only what is needed and keeping out what could be harmful. It crucially maintains the right ionic balance within the brain and blocks substances that would disrupt essential neural functions. In many ways, it’s a barrier between life and death.
Bad habits are stubborn, and our best attempts to change our behavior often fail us. The technology sector has tried to help with a slew of apps and devices, but in many cases the use of these gadgets or programs requires as much or more effort as any other intervention. We may not even try. If we do, we may give up after a few weeks or months.
One of the great challenges of our time is to make energy consumption carbon neutral. While alternative energy technologies such as solar and wind have come a long way, they still lag behind fossil fuels when it comes to energy density, the amount of energy stored per unit volume.