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Crater Provides Knowledge of Ancient Martian Environment

Crater Provides Knowledge of Ancient Martian Environment

A crater on Mars’ surface provides scientists with an idea of the ancient Martian environment. The objective of NASA’s Curiosity rover mission is to explore and analyze possible signs of past or present life on Mars’ surface. The rover spent three-and-a-half years investigating and taking samples from the Gale Crater—a lake once fed by rivers… Read more

Aspirin’s Usefulness in Atherosclerosis Patients

Aspirin’s Usefulness in Atherosclerosis Patients

Acetylsalicylic acid, more commonly known as aspirin, is widely used in the United States and around the globe.  It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat a variety of medical issues, such as fever, pain, and inflammatory diseases. Aspirin is also taken daily by many people who have had cardiovascular issues in the past,… Read more

Our Bodies Can Randomly Catch on Fire

Our Bodies Can Randomly Catch on Fire

It’s truthfully scary to think that our bodies could randomly ignite without any apparent reason. This may sound more like a nightmare rather than anything else, however, it’s a real life scenario and several cases have been reported over the past 50 years. Spontaneous Human Combustion (SHC) is a term describing the combustion of a human body… Read more

Want to be Smarter? Learn a New Language!

Want to be Smarter? Learn a New Language!

My cousin, a French immigrant, can speak five different languages, all attributed with different levels of fluency. Her French and English? Perfectly fluid. Her Spanish and Mandarin? Good but very limited. Her Creole? Could definitely use some work. I, on the other hand, a first-generation American, can speak English fluently with some proficiency in French…. Read more

Veganism: What and Why?

Veganism: What and Why?

Veganism, along with vegetarianism, has become an increasingly popular lifestyle in today’s society. It rejects the concept of using non-human animals for trade, sports, and anything to satisfy our human needs. One confusing aspect of veganism is the difficulty of differentiating the lifestyle from that of vegetarians. According to The Vegetarian Resource Group, just like vegetarians, vegans don’t… Read more

The Scientific Pros and Cons of Tattoos

The Scientific Pros and Cons of Tattoos

Whether it is for artistic purposes or not, tattoos are often known as images or caricatures on the skin that symbolize a message. When a person gets a tattoo, a clean needle gets inside the dermis of the skin and injects ink. Our skin often sheds the top layer, the epidermis, off every second that… Read more

Blame it on Your DNA?

Blame it on Your DNA?

We love sugar. Brownies, cake, cookies, icing, candies… the list goes on… There’s something about sugar that makes us crave it, so naturally, we want to understand what causes this desire. While many factors can influence a sugar craving such as neural feedback loops, sensory pleasures, and environmental factors, some aspects that control our lust… Read more

The Mental Health Crisis in Prisons

The Mental Health Crisis in Prisons

Over the past few years, programs such as the National Alliance for Mental Illness and social outreach have helped to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and help provide resources to those that may be affected by these illnesses. One population, in particular, remains especially vulnerable as they have increased difficulties to receiving support and… Read more

Why are Sports Not Co-Ed?

Why are Sports Not Co-Ed?

While looking through my school’s unfinished yearbook, I noticed an aspect about my school that I had not thought to take heed of before. My school offers an equal number of sports selections for sexes in soccer, basketball, tennis, marching band cross country, swim & dive, track and golf. The disparity begins when male baseball… Read more

Is Climate Change Actually a Hoax?

Is Climate Change Actually a Hoax?

In the midst of the current political environment surrounding Trump’s presidency, the population of climate change deniers has been given unmerited attention. Those knowledgeable of the increases in Earth’s temperature have been struggling with the idea that someone—let alone an enormous crowd and the very president of our nation—could deny it in spite of clear, sufficient evidence. … Read more