Akanksha Vaidya Tartan Alumna

Class of 2011


  • Bombings cannot become accepted events

    It’s in the headlines all the time. We see it, we read it, and we move on. It’s just another piece of news. Why should we spend more time reading about a bombing in some foreign country than reading about the next football game? I guess not everyone does this, but a majority of us do. I have been skimming and ignoring such terrorism-related news for a while now. In fact, I tend to look at the head...

    Forum | March 22, 2010
  • SciTech Briefs

    Large Hadron Collider breaks own record

    Last Friday, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) managed to accelerate two beams of protons up to 3.5 trillion electron volts, breaking its own previously set record. Last November, the LHC had accelerated particles up to 1.18 trillion electron volts, beating all records set by other particle accelerators.

    SciTech | March 22, 2010
  • Health Talk: Aquagenic pruritus

    A 1981 article in the British Medical Journal describes three cases that had doctors perplexed. In all the cases, patients complained of severe irritation and itching after coming into contact of one the most ordinary substances on earth — water. Furthermore, there were no visible symptoms on the skin that could point toward the cause of the patients’ discomfort.

    SciTech | February 22, 2010
  • Health Talk: Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome

    Of the many stories of love and punishment, one of the most popular is that of Ondine. According to German folklore, Ondine was a nymph who fell in love with a mortal. On learning that Ondine’s lover was unfaithful, the angered king of nymphs cursed the mortal. The mortal would now have to remember to deliberately perform functions such as breathing, which are normally involuntary. The mortal live...

    SciTech | February 8, 2010
  • Third time’s the charm for Bhangra in the Burgh

    Bhangra. Over the past three years, this word has created a special place for itself in the Carnegie Mellon lingo. To an outsider, bhangra — one of the most popular Indian dances — would entail brilliant colors, energy-packed performances, and wholesome entertainment. To the average Carnegie Mellon student, bhangra has come to mean all this and much more. Bhangra in the Burgh, Carnegie Mellon Univ...

    Pillbox | February 1, 2010