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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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Is vaping safer than smoking? Let’s consider the science!

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited by: Bryce Harlan Cigarette use in the United States has significantly declined over the past decade. Anti-smoking campaigns such as the American Legacy Foundation’s “truth” have certainly played a role in this fortunate trend. Additionally, the gradually rising mountain of scientific evidence has helped to open the eyes of younger generations.

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Rise of the Electric Car

Written by: Jack Zhong Edited by: Josephine McGowan Cars are an essential part of modern American life. Yet, unfortunately, they are also one of the primary sources of pollution that contributes to climate change. As a result, manufacturers have begun to introduce more fuel-efficient cars and electric cars. Electric cars ingeniously utilize battery power or

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First Silicon Quantum Logic Gates

Written by: Dimitri Leggas Edited by: Hsin-Pei Toh The allure of quantum computing has not worn off since mathematicians and physicists like Yuri Manin and Richard Feynman theorized the field in the 1980s. Quantum computing promises rapid speed-ups in computations that can be parallelized, with potential impact on data security, as well as the financial

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The Multiverse: The Only Alternative to Creation?

Written by: Dimitri Leggas Edited by: Hsin-Pei Toh Today’s popular scientific discourse is filled with discussions on “the multiverse,” with headlines like “The Case for Parallel Universes” and “Looking for Life in the Multiverse” filling journals such as Scientific American. Many of these articles focus on the excitement of numerous universes rather than their theoretical

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Nobel Prize Winners Herald Natural-Based Medicines

Written By: Jack Zhong Edited By: Josephine McGowan On October 6, 2015, the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology was awarded to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for “their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites.” Youyou Tu also shared this prize for “her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.”

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Mind-Uploading: Are You Still You?

Written by: Dimitri Leggas Edited by: Hsin-Pei Toh A few years ago, 23-year-old Kim Suozzi died of cancer. She and her boyfriend Josh Schisler had decided to have her brain cryogenically frozen in hopes of preserving the synaptic intricacies that helped to make up who she was. Suozzi and Schisler hoped that one day, some

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The Urban Coyote

By: Julia Zeh Edited by: Hsin-Pei Toh Don’t tell Road Runner, but… coyotes in New York City? That was how most people reacted last week when reports said that a coyote had been spotted in Riverside Park. A wild coyote chase across Manhattan soon began as authorities spent days searching for this wily canine. Most

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An Incomplete Inheritance: New Research Demonstrates That Histone Proteins Can Carry Genetic Information

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan In the modern scientific community, it is common knowledge that deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) carries our genetic information. Every organism reads its DNA like a set of intricate instructions and pass on some of these instructions to its children through a process known as inheritance. DNA is our biological

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HIV Finds a New Home in the Brain

By: Ian Cohn Edited by: Arianna Winchester HIV/AIDS, first discovered about 30 years ago, still remains one of the top ten causes of death in the world, according to the World Health Organization. HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a contagious virus that is usually understood to impair immune function in those infected with it. The

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