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    Why plants are cool

Why plants are cool

Imagine a world with no color. The air is toxic, the rain is acid and there are no visible signs of life anywhere. This is a world without plants. Plants are the basis for all life. Without them, there would be nothing. Plants clean, feed, clothe, poison, heal, fuel, and…

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    Doggy doody is the owner’s duty

Doggy doody is the owner’s duty

Dog Poop. We have all seen it, and many of us have even stepped in it. That moment when you feel the squish under your foot is never pleasant. Embarrassed and disgusted, you’re forced to scrape off the bulk of it and clean your shoe at the first possible opportunity.

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    Lost in translation

Lost in translation

“You are clear that if you want to exit with a dog you will have to mentalize you maybe cannot trust him.” I know, that sentence was very confusing. Let’s try this again: “You need to know that if you go out with a player, you may never trust him.”

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    Freedom and taxes

Freedom and taxes

On Dec. 20, 2017, Republican lawmakers celebrated a historic victory as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was passed, and everyone freaked out. Angry accusations were tossed in the faces of those who supported the bill, claiming that it legislated theft, gifted money to the rich and favored

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    Biopiracy: A threat to the natural world

Biopiracy: A threat to the natural world

Imagine you are a member of a small tribe in a remote part of the world. You are hiking through a treacherous pass in search of a particular root your shaman ensures will restore your mother’s health. As you arrive at the small grove said to be home to the

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    Does reading really increase one’s empathy?

Does reading really increase one’s empathy?

What if reading a work of fiction could help you empathize with others? Empathy is one’s ability to put him or herself in the shoes of another. Empathy allows you to understand someone’s burdens and how their situation makes them feel. A recent study shows an association with those who

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    Living in the era of misinformation

Living in the era of misinformation

Misinformation confronts me on a Wednesday morning. In ugly, garish, black letters, the phrase “Obama communist love” is accompanied by a horribly Photoshopped image of Barack Obama, passionately embracing Vladimir Putin. Hundreds of Facebook users seem to accept this picture as irrefutable proof of Obama’s rabid communism without question. Misinformation confronts

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    School shootings: ‘See Something, Say Something’ isn’t enough

School shootings: ‘See Something, Say Something’ isn’t enough

We’ve all seen it 100 times before. And at this rate, probably another 100 times before it ends. Columbine. Sandy Hook. San Bernardino. And now — Parkland. Getting on any social media on Wednesday was like going through the five stages of grief, each and every time. Graphic videos posted

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    Inclusivity in beauty brands should be the standard

Inclusivity in beauty brands should be the standard

The beauty community has gone through several changes in the past few years. Professional makeup artists used to be the only ones who bought higher-end makeup brands, while everyone else stuck to drugstore brands. But thanks to the power of social media and the rise of beauty influencers, there has

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    Hold on to DACA

Hold on to DACA

During  Barack Obama’s presidency, Obama administered the program referred to as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.  DACA is in favor for immigrants to stay in America. This program was put in place for more than 800,000 immigrants to be deferred from deportation, given these individuals meet the

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