Be Like Mike?: The Black Athlete’s Dilemma

Michael Jordan is one of the best basketball players in history and one of the most influential athletes of the twentieth century. He also became one of the richest athletes in the world, listed by Forbes’ magazine as billionaire in 2015 and the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats – the only African American to…

Sleep biology: not a simple lullaby

We all know the comfort feeling of taking a nap, or the relief of a good night of sleep after a long day of work. Mahatma Gandhi said: “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn”. In a less positive point of view,…

Can quantum mechanics be studied using an electromechanical system?

When a theoretical physicist is given a problem that involves quantum mechanics one of the first thing he or she is likely to do is to write the Hamiltonian of the problem. This is an operator in the quantum mechanics definition of an operator, that is, it is a mathematical object that maps one state…