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“World’s Happiest Animal” Faces Extinction: A Story of Climate Change and Quokkas

By Alexandra DeCandia With an ever-increasing frequency, one pudgy little macropod marsupial is making headlines. Proclaimed the “Happiest Animal in the World” by Huffington Post some ten months ago, the quokka has since bundled into millions of hearts with its teddy-bear frame, cheeky grin, and characteristically social nature. Despite its near constant appearance on internet forums

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Finally, a light in the darkness: New genetic testing of tumors provides more accurate predictions than ever.

By Alex Bernstein Until quite recently, oncologists, despite all of the progress that has been made in the field, could at best make educated guesses when asked about survival chances by patients. When Cassandra Caton, an 18-year-old tragically diagnosed with a large melanoma growth inside her eye, asked, “Am I going to die, is my

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The Super-Seers

By Emma Meyers We live in world of color. As children, we quickly learn that the sky is blue and the grass is green. We drive our cars, directed by colored lights. They can affect our moods, excite or relax us, and allow us to express ourselves through art, clothing, and décor. Colors are so

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The Alarming Connection between the Pandemrix H1N1 Vaccine and Narcolepsy

By Alex Berntstein An electron micrograph of the H1N1 influenza virion. (Image by the CDC; source. Via Wikimedia Commons.) After many years of misinformed presumptions regarding the safety of life saving vaccines, a recent breakout of narcolepsy in Europe does appear to hold an alarming association with a newly released British swine flu vaccine. Since

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Yesterday’s Future Today

  A column detailing both the surprising prescience and laughable misses of science fiction throughout history. Gesundheit! By Nate Posey   It’s the least wonderful time of the year; with the last remaining cinders of holiday spirit dead and spring still nearly two months away, midwinter crushes the soul with long nights, brutal cold fronts,

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Causes for Concern: Emerging Epidemics

A chronicle of dangerous infectious outbreaks around the globe. The Return of SARS? By Alexander Bernstein  First identified in China in November 2002, the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus seemed to be the thing of science fiction and nightmares. The disease spread within months, consumed much of the world, and included relatively high percentage

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Yesterday’s Future Today

A column detailing both the surprising prescience and laughable misses of science fiction throughout history.Will there be Leftovers? By Nate Posey With the election season well and truly over, Americans can now focus their full attention on the looming national crisis: the potential disappearance of Hostess Twinkies. Yes, the fate of the world’s food supply

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