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Tag: 2023

  • Biden’s Federal Judicial Nominees

    Biden’s Federal Judicial Nominees

    President Biden has recently released his list of judicial nominees, bringing the total count of nominations to 203. Through these choices, the president has again shown his desire to “ensure that the nation’s courts reflect the diversity that is one of our greatest assets as a country.” These eight judicial nominees are Nicole G. Berner,…

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  • Mobile AI Assistant in a Lapel Pin

    Mobile AI Assistant in a Lapel Pin

    Humane Inc, the 2018 tech startup launched by two ex-Apple technologists, last week unveiled their revolutionary new technology––a lapel pin which reimagines the seamless integration of AI into users’ daily lives. Without a screen, the pin relies solely on the user’s speech to carry out its commands. From anything from creating a grocery list to…

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  • Restoring and Protecting Forests: A Potential Solution for Removing 226 Gigatons of Carbon

    Restoring and Protecting Forests: A Potential Solution for Removing 226 Gigatons of Carbon

    A recent study published in Nature suggests that the restoration and protection of forests worldwide could remove approximately 226 gigatons of carbon from the atmosphere. This figure is equivalent to roughly 20 years of emissions from burning fossil fuels at current rates. The study provides a more reliable estimate compared to a previous controversial analysis…

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  • Syrian President’s Arrest Warrant

    Syrian President’s Arrest Warrant

    On the 15th of November, the French government issued international arrest warrants for Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, along with his brother and two senior officials over the use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. Maher al-Assad, the president’s brother, heads a military unit whilst Ghassan Abbas and Bassam al-Hassan, the senior officials, work with the…

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  • How Hummingbirds Fly Through Spaces too Narrow for their Wings

    How Hummingbirds Fly Through Spaces too Narrow for their Wings

    Hummingbirds, with their vibrant plumage and astonishing aerial agility, are known for their remarkable hovering ability and swift flight, are among the smallest birds in the world. With over 300 species found in the Americas, hummingbirds showcase a dazzling array of colors and adaptations that have made them a source of fascination for both scientists…

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  • BJPsych Open Study Tests Psychological Traits Of Magicians

    BJPsych Open Study Tests Psychological Traits Of Magicians

    The British Journal of Psychiatry Open recently published an article titled “Psychotic and autistic traits among magicians and their relationship with creative beliefs.” It is a common belief that the creative self-efficacy of members of creative groups is associated with autistic and schizotypal traits. These schizotypal traits, like having positive unusual perceptual experiences The tests…

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  • The Great Indian Celebration

    The Great Indian Celebration

    November 19th 2023 was supposed to be the day of the Great Indian Celebration; it was the final match in the cricket World Cup. Preparation for this great celebration had started many years back. In 2021, the Narendra Modi Stadium was inaugurated in Ahmedabad, India. The stadium is the biggest in the world today with…

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  • Changing Seasons

    Changing Seasons

    Aarya Kacharu

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  • Anti-Semitism in Universities

    Anti-Semitism in Universities

    While the Israel-Hamas war is splashed across news headlines daily, to some of us it may seem that it has no effects on our lives. However, others have a very different view, including university students. A Cornell student was arrested last Tuesday, October 31st, after he posted several antisemitic comments. Patrick Dai, the 21 year…

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  • Where did the Moon come from?

    Where did the Moon come from?

    Where did the Moon come from? In general, moons of most planets are formed when nearby debris and matter coagulate into solid forms. For planets of enormous mass, these forms are pulled into orbit. However, for the Earth’s moon, scientists have a different theory. They believe that a protoplanet, a body of matter which has…

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  • Face-fixing Cameras Use Machine Learning

    Face-fixing Cameras Use Machine Learning

    Google’s recently released Pixel 8 has a stunning new feature built into its camera application––face fixing. Everyone has taken pictures of a group in which just one person is looking elsewhere or their eyes are closed. With the assistance of machine learning, this will not be a problem for much longer. How It Works The…

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  • Passing of Matthew Perry

    Passing of Matthew Perry

    In the realm of entertainment, there are individuals who leave an indelible mark, forever etched in the annals of pop culture. Matthew Perry, a luminary of the screen, was one such figure. With his wit, charm, and magnetic presence, Perry captivated audiences around the world. From his iconic portrayal of Chandler Bing in the beloved…

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  • “Now And Then”: The Revival of the Beatles

    “Now And Then”: The Revival of the Beatles

    If you were asked on the street which band you thought was the greatest of all time, how would you reply? Many might say flamboyant Queen, idiosyncratic Nirvana, or mesmerizing Led Zeppelin, but for others, musicians, and critics, there is one band that precedes them all. The Beatles are one of the most acclaimed music…

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  • Orionid Meteor Shower

    Orionid Meteor Shower

    An exciting scientific event recently rained down on Earth — quite literally.  The Orionid meteor shower of 2024 recently peaked, leaving everybody enchanted. According to NASA, the Orionids are “considered to be one of the most beautiful showers of the year”, but the complexity of this scientific phenomenon travels deeper than its beauty.  The meteors…

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  • Separated Migrant Families

    Separated Migrant Families

    The US sees itself as a beacon of hope to the rest of the world; however, officials have been trying to control the consequences of such an idea. During Former President Trump’s presidency, he initiated a “zero tolerance” policy, and President Biden now has to deal with its effects. The “zero-tolerance” policy was enacted on…

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  • “Ring of Fire” Eclipse

    “Ring of Fire” Eclipse

    An annular eclipse occurred on 14th October, 2023, and was seen in various parts of the United States, Central and South America. The eclipse had a 125-mile path of annularity which covered a really wide area. The path began over the Pacific Ocean and made landfall in Oregon. The path arched from Oregon to Texas; then…

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  • Israel-Hamas Conflict: Unprecedented Attack and Escalating Tensions

    Israel-Hamas Conflict: Unprecedented Attack and Escalating Tensions

    The world watches as the escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group known as Hamas becomes more detrimental. The conflict has reached unprecedented levels of violence and tension, not just in that region but globally. The situation that unfolded has roots that can be dated back decades.  The Recent Escalation Explanation The recent…

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  • McCarthy Ousted & Race for the Speakership

    McCarthy Ousted & Race for the Speakership

    In a historical first, Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted on October 3rd in a 216 to 210 vote to vacate the position of Speaker. All 208 Democratic representatives and eight Republican representatives voted in favor of removing McCarthy. It took fifteen attempts to select McCarthy to fill the position, yet it only took…

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  • Hollywood Strike

    Hollywood Strike

    This year’s Hollywood writer’s strike has come second in history’s record, having been the longest strike there has been in the United States since 1988 that lasted about 154 days.The 2023 strike has lasted about 148 days from 2 May to 27 September where 11,500 writers walked out of their places of work. This chaotic…

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  • What killed the Dinosaurs?

    What killed the Dinosaurs?

    For decades, the question of whether it was an asteroid crash or volcanic eruptions that signaled the end of the dinosaurs has been up for debate. Today, researchers are uncovering new information that says the answer might not be so black and white. In a new study led by computational geologist Alexander Cox, his team…

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