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Does Ethnicity Determine Your Voice?

Does Ethnicity Determine Your Voice?

Last month after meeting up with someone after numerous telephone conversations, I was told that, despite being an African-American, I sound “white” on the phone. The person was essentially attributing my small and light voice to the white race in this regard. The remark also reminded me that during the O.J. Simpson trial, one witness… Read more

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Have you ever been jolted awake by the feeling of falling off a cliff right before you’re about to fall asleep? Or perhaps your body shook uncontrollably as you were closing your eyes? There is a very high chance you might have—in fact, about 70% of people have experienced this at one or multiples times in their lives. Sudden, involuntary… Read more

Analysis of Zircon Crystals Leads to New View of Magma

Analysis of Zircon Crystals Leads to New View of Magma

When visualizing the interior of a volcano, one would imagine liquid magma trapped inside caverns of igneous rock. Recently volcanologists gained insight on the nature of magma reservoirs by analyzing zircon crystal remains from a volcano eruption in New Zealand. The eruption of Mount Tarawera occurred approximately 700 years ago and covered surrounding areas with… Read more

Plus-Size Models and Mental Health

Plus-Size Models and Mental Health

Recently, average and plus-size models have been integrated into advertising, music videos, and other forms of media. The response often focuses on the satisfaction felt by viewers after seeing a more realistic size represented. With more than one-third of Americans being considered obese, the abundance of thin models seen on screen and in social media… Read more

Women and Alcohol Related Problems

Women and Alcohol Related Problems

As the school year comes to an end and summer starts, children will undoubtedly find themselves with more free time in the absence of school work. Many high school and college age students will use this time to find a summer job, complete internships, and enjoy the extra time outdoors. Unfortunately, many teens and young… Read more

Scientific Myths, Debunked

Scientific Myths, Debunked

In the wake of partially understood phenomena and hasty conclusions, there exists, in the general public, a great deal of pseudo-scientific misinformation – myths, if you will. For example, while many of us do not question that humans and dinosaurs did not coexist and that the size of your brain does not influence how smart you are,… Read more

The Problems with Science Journalism

The Problems with Science Journalism

Linguists and literary geeks have long pondered the quandary of translated works. The abrupt German sentence endings of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and the Old English rhythmic caesuras of Beowulf are not quirks to survive translations. Translators instead have to interpret and innovate to get a text from language A to language B. This parallels science journalism’s current… Read more

Is Snacking Making You Fat?

Is Snacking Making You Fat?

In many European countries, the concept of a ‘to-go’ box does not exist. This fact differs drastically from American customs in which ‘to-go’ boxes are available at restaurants, food can be ordered directly as take-out, and supermarkets often times carry to-go boxes for people to allow for such at their own parties and get-togethers. As… Read more

Insomnia May Be In Your DNA

Insomnia May Be In Your DNA

If you have insomnia, you may have more in common with Madonna, George Clooney, Lady Gaga and Kim Cattrall than you thought. In a Netherlands study, researchers asked 113,000 participants if they had trouble falling asleep every night. Those who responded “usually” were classified as having insomnia. Researchers then took insomnia DNA and found seven genes that those suffering had in… Read more

What is Net Neutrality?

What is Net Neutrality?

On July 12th, you may have seen pop ups and banners all over your favorite websites. The slew of messages read “Save the internet!” and “Protect Net Neutrality!” These messages successfully prompted millions of citizens to complain to the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, and fight for an open internet. But what exactly is net… Read more