Category: FEATURE

Inside the Pill

By: Mariel Sander The first time I went to the gynecologist’s office for a checkup, I had no idea what to expect. Though my doctor was friendly, capable, and patient, I left the office with a month’s worth of birth control pills and no information on their biological effects. I didn’t know what side effects

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Reversing Racial Bias in Children – Exposure is Key

By: Georgina Gonzalez Children are like sponges. They soak up everything around them, absorbing every new experience and sensation. Their developing brains attempt to process the influx of information that comes as they navigate the world around them, and slowly, they begin to learn. It’s no doubt that they quickly become products of their environments

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Cooking with Hominids

By: Sirena Khanna Food is often on our minds. We are the only species that watches competitive baking, eats tropical fruit in freezing climates, and adorns our food with gold. The mass production, transport, and consumption of foods from all over the world are feats that can only be derived by the human brain, and

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Breaking the Limitations of Solar Energy

Sophia Ahmed New York City aims to install  1 gigawatt of solar capacity by 2030, which could power approximately 250,000 households. This would give these 250,000 households not only cleaner, but also cheaper energy; the average Brooklyn household could save $64,796 over 20 years with investment in solar energy. Additionally, using solar power in place

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Beyond the Smog

Alice Sardarian BC’21 Anthropogenic pollutants constantly seep into the environmental elements around us. The water we drink, the earth we cultivate, and the air we breathe, are all contaminated with health-damaging toxins. Pollution leads to the deaths of millions of people each year by propagating and spreading disease. Smog is a type of air pollution,

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Digital Pills: Biomedical Big Brother, or Ethical Public Health Tool?

By: Kelly Butler On November 13th, the Food And Drug Administration (FDA) approved Abilify MyCite, the first medication tracking system intended for public use. While the schizophrenia drug Abilify has been on the market for decades, the new Abilify MyCite system includes an ingestible sensor and wearable receiver patch, which detects when patients swallow the

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Flawed Forensics: The Innocence Project’s 25th Anniversary

By Sonia Mahajan   This year marks the Innocence Project’s 25th anniversary. Created in 1992, the Innocence Project aims to “[exonerate] the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and [reform] the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices.” As of this article’s publication, the organization has used DNA evidence to exonerate 351 people. The Innocence Project identifies

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The Evolution of Personality

By Sean Harris Everyday observations show us that people exhibit a wide variety of personality traits; some people are outgoing, some creative, and others nurturing. This variation is not trivial, as personality deeply affects the way people think and act. Given the far-reaching consequences of personality, it’s important to investigate why people have certain traits

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No Professor, It Isn’t Obvious.

How reductive language limits students’ learning in STEM classrooms at Columbia. By: Maria MacArdle “But obviously, the rest is self-explanatory.” Your professor puts down the chalk, turns to their notes, and prepares to move to the next topic. Your stomach drops. You look down at the unfinished derivation in your notes and at the QED

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Then and Now: The Development of Climate Change Denial (1970-2017)

By Sonia Mahajan President Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2016 reflects a growing—and alarming—lack of concern about climate change. Pruitt, who was previously Attorney General of Oklahoma, attempted to sue the EPA a total of fourteen times before being nominated to head the

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