Month: March 2015

Oceans: Earth’s Final Frontier

By: Julia Zeh Edited by: Bryce Harlan         Our oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface. Everyone has heard this at some point in their lives, whether they learned it in school or read it somewhere. But sometimes, I think we forget how vast and expansive 70% of the Earth’s surface

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Breaking Down a Binary: New Research Suggests a Spectrum of Biological Sexes

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited by: Josephine McGowan  The discussion of gender identity has seen a sharp increase in recent years. As social stigma fades and scientific understanding increases, those who do not identify with the traditional gender binary are gaining the acceptance that all humans deserve. But the concept of “biological” sex identification remains a

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Gender: A Biological or Social Construct?

By: Kimberly Shen Edited by: Arianna Winchester On August 22, 1965, Janet Reimer gave birth to two healthy twin boys named Bruce and Brian. However, an accident occurred when the two boys underwent a circumcision operation. Because the equipment burned Bruce’s penis beyond repair, Bruce ultimately had to undergo an operation that removed his penis.

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Eating like Cavemen: Digging up the Paleo Diet

By: Ashley Koo For those of you regular LinkedIn users, you might have noticed that James Altucher, an entrepreneur and popular author of many self-help books, recently published a Pulse article that has gained a whopping 188,000 views to date. On what, you may ask? Not a guide-to-success how-tos, or a list of productive habits:

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Pain: A Curse or A Gift?

By: Kimberly Shen One night, 13-year old Ashlynn Blocker was stirring ramen noodles. Suddenly, the spoon slipped from her hand and fell into the boiling pot of water. Without thinking, she reached her hand in to fish out the spoon. She then took out her hand and spent a few minutes looking at it. Afterwards,

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Catching Schizophrenia

By: Ian Cohn Edited by: Bryce Harlan To many, the idea of mind control seems like science fiction. The small parasite Toxoplasma gondii, however, known to alter behavior in rats, may possess the ability to change behavior in humans as well, giving it mind-altering capabilities usually reserved for super-advanced futuristic humans. T. gondii is a

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Animal Play Not Restricted to Mammals

By: Julia Zeh Editor: Josephine McGowan When we think of the phrase “having fun,” the first image that comes to mind is small, lighthearted children. And hot on its heels, we think of “having fun” as a unique human ability. If we think more broadly, we usually attribute “having fun” to intelligent mammals, such as primates,

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The Dawn of a New Epidemic: Ebola and Global Disparities In Healthcare

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Aishwarya Raja The second-most popular topic on Facebook in 2014, according to the company’s “Year in Review”, was the Ebola epidemic. I remember hearing first-hand the loud arguments about Ebola and seeing the grim pictures of this disease flood onto television screens. I remember being constantly updated on the potential danger

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