Ayala’s interest in science started at a young age, with exposure to both popular-science and science-fiction. Her curiosity and enthusiasm for the natural sciences resulted in degrees in both chemical engineering and molecular biology, and a firm belief that the advancement of humanity depends on our ability to share, discuss and understand novel ideas. With great power comes great responsibility, and Ayala believes it is the responsibility of scientists to show the beauty and strength of science to the public. Still looking for the science-fiction novel hidden within her, she looks to science communication as a way to share new concepts, tools and discoveries with curious people from all walks of life.
Ayala is the editor of 52 Breaks:
How our brain temporally organizes our memories of past events
When you and your friends reminisce about your last year of high school, the memories are characterized by your perspective and experience making them unique. How can your brain chronologically place these events? Who are the main players in this process?May 7, 2021 | 3.5 min read
A Nobel Prize technique in the fight against cancer
Scientist are now able to modify the DNA of living organisms, thanks to the development of a new technology called CRISPR/Cas9. Recently, they designed a new strategy to use this fascinating molecular tool against cancer.May 5, 2021 | 3 min read
Cheetah-inspired soft robots: how to make robots run fast?
Soft-bodied robots often crawl as slow as a caterpillar. How can we make soft robots run faster, like a cheetah? One solution is to add a flexible spine.May 4, 2021 | 3.5 min read
The travel time of light inside the hydrogen molecule
A particle of light takes 247 zeptoseconds to cover the bond length of the hydrogen molecule. With a microscopic double-slit experiment, we have resolved this ultrashort timespan while conducting one of the fastest time measurements in atomic physics up to this day.May 3, 2021 | 3 min read
Artificial vision in the spotlight
Vision is considered among our most valuable senses. For many, it is taken for granted. Tackling the challenge facing visually impaired individuals may now be possible with new advances in research. Let’s shed some light on the field of artificial vision.Apr 29, 2021 | 3 min read
Understanding super bright mysteries of the universe
Observations of distant astronomical sources highlight what we know and do not know about the way our universe works. Among the mysteries of the cosmos are ultra-luminous X-ray sources, which are too bright to be explained by classical physics. New study now sheds light on their possible source.Apr 27, 2021 | 4 min read